Google revealed more information today about Project Tango, a smartphone project from Google’s advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) that aims to give your device a ‘human-scale’ understanding of its environment with four integrated camera sensors.
“The future is awesome”, reads the headline on Google’s Project Tango webpage, unveiled earlier today. Once again Google is setting the tone and context for mobile device design, introducing a collaborative effort between research labs industrial manufacturing partners and universities across nine countries, which attempts to expand the scope of what our mobile device can sense about its environment.
Project Tango currently exists as a prototype 5” Smartphone device with customized hardware that includes four sensors; standard 4MP color rear camera, a fish eye camera with a 180 degree Field of View (FOV), 320 x 180 pixel depth camera plus a 120 degree FOV on the front. According to Google, this array for sensors will allow full mapping of the phone’s immediate environment, using approximately 250,000 3D measurements a second. The end goal is effectively give the device ‘human-scale space and motion awareness’.
Obviously what the phone can do with the data from these sensors is where Google needs help from developers with creative minds, but you can certainly see how this kind of technology would have myriad uses for the visually impaired, 3D modelling, advanced navigation apps and more. The Google ATAP have apparently given out all the Project Tango prototypes, most to 3rd party app developers. The partners involved in the project include Bosch, Ominivision, the Open Source Robotics foundation, University of Minnesota and George Washington University.
Source: Project Tango website