Google’s Smarter Smartphone
In an announcement on Thursday, Google announced that they experimenting with a powerful 3D-sensor enabled smartphone. The phone is the latest project out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.
Google’s smartphone — Project Tango — is said to be running Android. It’s 3D enabled sensors are also noted to be able to take more than a quarter million measurements per second. Google believes that the phone will be capable enough to be readily applied in a multitude of scenarios including gaming, navigation, and outdoor activities.
ATAP’s project lead, Johnny Lee, mentioned in a Google+ post, “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”
The project is still in development and the first prototypes will only be available to 200 developers. Those developers will be handpicked by Google. In their announcement, Google noted that many of the first prototypes would go out to developers in the gaming, navigation, and mapping fields, but that some will go to developers to use in “applications we haven’t thought of yet.”
On Google’s Project Tango website they stipulate a host of different uses for the phone.
What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?
Google even went further on to state that the options are endless. You could play hide-and-seek, they say, with a character from your favorite video game.
Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature army, or hiding secret virtual treasures in physical places around the world?
We’ll keep our ears close to the ground and monitor Project Tango as it grows, but expect it to be a huge part of Google’s upcoming developer conference in June.
To learn more about Project Tango, you can visit their website HERE.
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