Project Tango: Google's 3D sensing Android Phone

by Anoop Naik on 21st February, 2014 last updated 23rd July, 2017

Project Tango: Google's 3D sensing Android Phone

Google has revealed a new project code-named Project Tango, an Android Phone which can track the 3D world around us using its sensors.

This is a project carried out by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects Division (ATAP) and was in development for over a year.

Our eyes depict the world around us in 3D space where as standard phone cameras can capture only 2D images. With Project Tango, Google wants to push those boundaries and make the future awesome.

What is Project Tango?

Project Tango involved creating a 5 inch prototype phone that could track the 3D motion of the phone and simultaneously convert that data to create a 3D map of the environment. The device is built using customized hardware and software along with sensors that could make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second. The prototype runs on Android and is still in active development.

What is its use?

- Before you go out to buy a furniture, you take the dimensions of your room. This would help your in buying a furniture which is a perfect fit.
- It could help the visually impaired by providing voice navigation, eliminating the need of someone to assist.
- It could help you find a product in a super-store by telling you how far you are from the shelf it is on.
- There may be apps built which would capture 3D environment or your home and allow you to redesign it.

If you are thinking of buying one, let me halt you right there. There are only 200 prototypes and will be given to lucky developers so that they can build apps and games that could take the advantage of the 3D environment created by the sensors.

ATAP-Project Tango Team says:

Over the past year, our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone. Now, we’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help bring those ideas into reality.

Credit: Google

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