Google’s Project Tango has focused on smartphones so far, but Google hasn’t forgotten about mobile’s larger slate.
Deidre Richardson | On 24, May 2014
Google is renown for its interesting tech ventures, despite how well-known the company has been in recent days for its search engine prowess. At its heart, Google Inc. is a tech company – and its latest Projects Tango, Ara, and Loon are an example of that.
Google initially announced Project Tango along with a 5-inch Android smartphone with a 4MP rear-facing camera, a Fisheye camera that provides an 180-degree depth field of view (FOV), a 5Hz (not megahertz), 320 x 180 camera with a 120-degree view field, and 3D sensors that track over 250,000 3D measurements each second, Google hasn’t given up on the other major mobile device that, when introduced, changed the face of mobile: tablets.
According to Google, the Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATP) that was acquired from Google’s Motorola sale will develop the 3D tablets alongside of the 3D smartphones. The creator of the 7-inch tablet market with its Nexus 7, Google looks to develop 4,000 3D-imaging tablets for developers and release them to developers around the time of Google I/O (either before or after).
Project Tango, a new project announced by Google in February, is a venture by the company to bring 3D technology to popular everyday uses such as indoor navigation by way of mobile devices. The company has shown a few videos of how its 3D-imaging smartphone will map details of indoor objects in a way never seen before on any smartphone. 3D mapping hasn’t been a source of importance for most tech analysts and companies, it could serve potential uses in the future for those who want to get an idea of how their furniture will fit into a potential home in which they may be interested, or help individuals create their own individual games that can be played among a few friends. The face of gaming will change if Project Tango is successful, but it could also be used to provide maps for indoor floors, apartments, and other buildings. In short, you may never have to ask for directions again – no matter the building.
3D technology has been an untapped field for manufacturers and developers, but Google’s taking mobile to another level. What Microsoft’s doing in the living room with its Xbox One and Kinect motion sensor, Google’s doing on smartphones and tablets. Whatever Google’s got in mind, we here at Inferse want to join in. Hey developers, how about a free 3D tablet or two for us?