Project Tango: What is it ?

Posted: February 23, 2014 in All Categories
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What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.  The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

The current prototype is a 5” phone developed by google containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development.

Soon this technology would also be available on Google Glass.

Also they are looking for professional developers with dreams of creating more than a touch-screen app. These devices were built with the unique ability to sense 3D motion and geometry. We want partners who will push the technology forward and build great user experiences on top of this platform.

Currently, they have 200 prototype dev kits,  allocated some of these devices for projects in the areas of indoor navigation/mapping, single/multiplayer games that use physical space, and new algorithms for processing sensor data. Tell us what you would build. Be creative. Be specific. Be bold here They are expect to distribute all of available units by March 14th, 2014.

Eventually I think this could lead to a full 3D-map of every location that technology reaches throughout the world though.  but I’m not entirely sure that’s safe for privacy especially with all the buzz around it today.. What do u think  of it..

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