Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team is diving headlong into a 3D mapping phone. The Android powered device, still at infancy stage, makes use of a 4 MP camera, motion tracking technology and sophisticated software to generate 3D images of an actual space while the smartphone is moved around in real-time.
Google has really been pushing the envelope with its robotics’ projects but the new far-flung initiative of the prominent tech company demonstrates that it has a strong foothold in the future.
Johnny Lee who is ATAP’s technical program lead and former Microsoft researcher involved in project Kinect, claimed in a Google+ post that “the goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion”. ATAP is an ex-Motorola division which Google did not sell out to Motorola.
The primary objective behind Tango is developing an advanced technology that would be detailed in depth and breadth inside spaces. However, there is no disputing that Google longs to dip its toes into deeper untested waters among which Augmented Reality Games, first, and secondly, providing assistance to visually impaired people who are exploring unknown areas, form an important part.
To that end, by March Google should complete distribution of 200 prototypes to developers cautiously selected by the tech behemoth. Keen developers can sign up on Tango’s website to stand a chance to join the movement.
Tango project should be under bright spotlight at Google’s I/O Developer conference to be held in June. But if you are looking for a quick and immediate byte, the ‘Say hello to Project Tango’ video (below) should satisfy your appetite. Are you ready to contemplate the world not only in a whole new way but through Google’s disarming technology?
Google: “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping?” Think over it!