Google announced “Project Tango” earlier today, a new 5 inch Android smartphone prototype, which is equipped with 3D sensors and various other components, that allows it to track motion and basically, map it’s surroundings.
Project Tango uses the Myriad 1 vision processor from Movidius, which allows for advanced motion and depth tracking without using up a ton of power to do so. The device is meant to enable indoor navigation, navigation assistance for the visually impaired, or just immersive gaming among other scenarios, and is available to a certain group of developers today. The project is headed by Johnny Lee who used to work on Microsoft’s Kinect team, who is currently with Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Lee commented on the project’s unveiling, stating that the prototype “strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion … enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences.”
Check out the video below for a better idea:
Interesting times ahead, y’all.
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