Google Launches Experimental, 3D-Mapping Smartphone [Video]
Project Tango is a prototype dev kit and phone that can track motion and build 3D-Scanned visual maps of rooms.
Google just launched Project Tango, its latest initiative out of their Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.
According to the project website, the goal of the project is “to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.” The tech company worked with research labs, universities, and industrial partners from around the globe to collect research on computer vision and robotics and integrate these technologies into a mobile phone.
The first result out of the project's efforts is a 5-inch prototype phone that runs on Android and is fitted with customized hardware and software designed to track full 3D motion and build 3D visual maps of the environment. The phone has sensors that take measurements every second, updating the device's position and orientation in real time and allowing the device to create a single three-dimensional model of the space around it.