Google announced Thursday its Project Tango, an experimental smartphone running on Android OS that comes with powerful 3D sensors. This phone experiment is under Google?s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Technical program lead Johnny Lee wrote in the announcement on Google+ that their latest project aims to provide human ? scale understanding of motion and space on mobile devices.
A Powerful 3D Sensor for Gaming and Indoor Navigation
The 5 ? inch smartphone will use the Android operating system and have a series of 3D sensors that can take more than a quarter of a million measurements per second. These sensors are seen to serve a lot of applications, from gaming to indoor navigation. The smartphone experiment is still in its early stages, where its prototypes will only be given to some developers.
Users can imagine scanning a portion of their rooms while using it in a game, one of the project developers said about Tango. He added that he is not aware of any gaming device or controller that can do what the Tango?s experimental smartphone can do. Google expects the first 200 prototypes to be distributed mid ? March. The tech giant has hand ? picked a group of developers to receive them.
The Tango Video
Interested people can catch a glimpse of the Project Tango through ATAP?s YouTube channel. A summary of how this experimental Android smartphone will be shown in the video. There is also a sample of its features around the video?s 47 ? second mark, where the developer walks through a room and sees a snowy forest on the device.
The mobile device uses a 4 ? megapixel camera, a motion tracking camera, an integrated depth sensor, and two Computer Vision Processors. Lee said that he has been working with research labs, universities, and industrial partners on Project Tango with 10 years of harvesting ideas on computer vision and robotics for this unique phone.
Sign Up for a Chance to Experience its Prototype
Tech giant Google says most of the project?s first devices will head to businesses focusing on gaming, navigation, mapping, and data processing. However, some units will be set aside for further developments. Interested developers may sign up on Project Tango?s website for a chance to be hand ? picked for the early prototypes.