The Vision of Project Tango
It basically is the vision of a device which is aware of its surroundings and is aware of its position with respect to its surroundings . It can visualize itself on a 3-Dimensional scale and it updates in real-time, i.e it can react to every change in its surroundings the second the change happens.
“The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion”
Google had earlier shown a Project Tango prototype, which was in the form of a smartphone. Google had shipped out only 200 prototypes to developers, a small release.
Rumors started flowing out about the existence of a Project Tango Tablet and it seems they were true, as Google has announced the Project Tango Tablet.
Packing a Powerful Punch
It has a 7 inch 1080p screen, but underneath it is packed with plenty of power: A Tegra K1 Processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB of Storage prove to be a potent combination.
“Today, developers excited about Project Tango can start building using the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit. Created in close collaboration with NVIDIA, the development kit includes the new Tegra K1 mobile processor to create a platform designed for computer vision and 3D sensing. You can use the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit to make applications that track full 3-dimensional motion and capture surfaces in the environment.”, wrote Google on Google+.
The 3D Mapping and location-aware capabilities are resource intensive, which is why Google has outfitted the Project Tango Tablet with the absolute best that is out there.
The Connectivity side hasn’t been left out with LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, HDMI and USB 3.0.
The Project Tango Speciality
But what is special about this Tablet is the Project Tango capabilities: Using a 4MP camera( With Pixels of Size 2 Micrometers),A Front Camera with 120 Degree Viewing Angle, a Motion Tracking Camera, a Depth Sensor and various other internal sensors (Accelerometer, Gyroscope), etc in tandem, the Project Tango Tablet is aware of its surroundings, along with the movement in its surroundings, its own movement and also it’s position on a 3-Dimensional Plane.
“Project Tango devices contain 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 device 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.”
Yeah..But What is the Use of Project Tango?
This could bring up many interesting uses: Navigating a Building (As GPS doesn’t help you navigate the interior of a building), Helping the Visually Impaired, etc. It is all upto the developers for extracting innovative uses outside this interesting technology.
There is even talk of Games joining the fray, with Engadget’s Brad Molen describing a game demo leveraging Project Tango:
“Then there are games: Lee showed us an impressive game demo that let us explore a fantasy world by walking around in real space, making the tablet a virtual window into a completely different place or time. “If the device can understand your environment,” said Lee, “you could turn your living room into a dungeon.” This type of environment also seems ripe for a good game of virtual hide-and-seek, with characters hiding behind real objects in your house.”
And Tango is already strong developer support, with both big-names and also smaller developers showing support for Project Tango.
Coming Soon, but Expensive
Speaking of developers, Google had only 200 prototypes to give to developers for them to experiment. But this time, Google is readying thousands of Project Tango prototypes to give to developers, with the cost of each being $1024.
That may seem expensive, but when you consider the sensors, cameras and software packed into the device and compare the price to existing solutions in the market and also add the factor that the Project Tango Tablet is much smaller than other solutions, suddenly it all seems worth it.