This week Google has unveiled a new experimental smartphone they have created in the form of the Google Project Tango, which is being created by the same development team responsible for the Project Ara modular smartphone concept for Motorola.
The Google Project Tango smartphone differs from standard mobile devices as it is equipped with a range of sensors that enable it to build a 3D representation of its surroundings.
The Project Tango smartphone does this by using a depth sensor, motion tracking camera, two dedicated computer vision processors and a 4 megapixel camera. Google explains a little mores both their Project Tango:
“As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time.
This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that 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.”
“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 are currently looking for professional developers that are looking to create more than just a touchscreen application to get their hands on the new Google Project Tango technology and start creating a new generation of smartphone applications.
To learn more about the new Google Project Tango smartphone watch the video Google has created which describes the project in just under three minutes. For additional information on the new Google Project Tango jump over to the Project Tango website for details.
The Phonebloks team have now released a new video with more details on Project Ara.