As if Google isn’t really pushing the boundaries of everyday tech products, there’s a new one. This one is called Project Tango. On Thursday, Google revealed that it is experimenting with new vision and sensory capabilities for smartphones.
We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that the physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.
The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
The company is introducing a prototype smartphone that it has developed in collaboration with various Universities, Industries and Research Labs. This prototype smartphone has more motion and imaging sensors than any average smartphone that you’ll find in the market.
The phone boasts a 5-inch display along with a 4MP primary camera. The hardware and software have so been customized that the phone will be able to map up 3D spaces within seconds. It’ll also keep track of the real-time motion that is performed. The phone will actually be able to make a quarter million 3D measurements every second, which is jaw-dropping.
The Android version running inside of the phone has lots of experimental APIs so that apps can collect data from the sensors. According to Google, the phone can be used to map indoor areas as well as help the visually impaired move around. The possibilities are endless.
As of now, Google is only producing 200 units of the device, which will be available to only the lucky developers who’ll create apps that’ll allow the full-scale use of the sensors and take the smartphone industry to another dimension, literally. Google will also be developing phenomenal apps to go with the phone. To know how you can get one, follow this link.
I’m pretty psyched about this. Let’s hope there’s a prototype available at Google I/O 2014, so that we can get an exact look at how and what this device can do. And Google, it’s about time you released Glass for the general public. What do you think about this new piece of tech?