This Is The World's Coolest Android-Based Phone That You Won’t Be Able To Buy... Yet
Google has announced Project Tango, an Android-based prototype 5″ phone and developer kit with advanced 3D sensors out of its Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) hardware skunkworks group.
Google Wants To Build A New Kind Of Smartphone, One That Can See Your Environment Just Like You Can, Or Help Blind People Navigate The Visible World. This Isn't A New Version Of Android, At Least Not Yet; It’s A New Experimental Beast Entirely.
Google calls it Project Tango
The 5-Inch Phone Will Run Android And Be Equipped A Series Of 3D Sensors Capable Of Taking More Than A Quarter Of A Million Measurements Each Second. Google Envisions These Sensors Will Have A Number Of Applications From Gaming To Indoor Navigation.
Beginning today, Project Tango is being opened to developers, but the search giant is only allowing 200 of the applicants will be hand-picked to receive early access to the device. Developers will have to provide Google with a clear idea of what they want to build with the device and the company expects to allocate all devices by March 14th, 2014.androidheadlines.com
It will allocate the devices to developers who want to build apps for “indoor navigation/mapping, single/multiplayer games that use physical space, and new algorithms for processing sensor data.”techcrunch.com
This project is developed under ATAP, which is Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects section, which is a skunkworks type group of engineers that worked for Motorola, but are sticking with Google after the Lenovo purchase that was announced last week.dailymail.co.uk
Using Its Sensors, The Phone Doesn’t Just Track Motion, But It Can Actually Build A Visual Map Of Rooms Using 3D Scanning
The company believes the combination of these sensors with advanced computer vision techniques will open up new avenues for indoor navigation and immersive gaming, among many other things.techcrunch.com
The phones are outfitted with a compass and gyros, just like any other phone, but in addition, they feature Kinect-like visual sensors that can scan the room around the phone.mashable.com
The Device Uses A Revolutionary 3D Sensing Chip Developed By Movidius. Up Until Now, These Kind Of Applications Required Too Much Power To Feasibly Work In Commercial Smartphones, But Movidius Has Managed A Breakthrough In This Area.
Google is using Movidius’ Myriad 1 vision processor platform for Project Tango. For the longest time, embedding these kinds of sensors into phones was not just prohibitively expensive, but because it tends to be computationally demanding, they would also drain a phone’s batteries rapidly.techcrunch.com
In Its Announcement, Google Asks:
'What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building?'dailymail.co.uk