Google unveiled its slick Project Tango 3D mapping system inside a prototype smartphone not long ago. We got to see what all the camera lenses inside the Project Tango smartphone looked like when iFixit performed a teardown of one of the smartphones recently. As cool as the hardware for Project Tango is, it's what Google's ATAP division is able to do with the data those cameras collect that is really interesting.
Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.
Google loves smartphones, but with Project Tango it’s hoping to make them even smarter and more aware. The handiwork of Google’s skunkworks Advanced Technology and Projects Group, it explores what happens when you add high-resolution 3D mapping sensors to an Android device, and what the potential is for gaming and more. We caught up with Johnny Lee, technical program lead at Google, to find out more about the project and get some hands-on time with the prototype device.
If you weren’t entirely convinced that Google’s demonstrations of scanning everything and anything were entirely on-the-level when Project Tango was revealed, it’s time to get taught. The folks at MAKE Magazine have received their demo unit of the Project Tango smartphone from Google’s super secret ATAP group this week, and are jumping right in on the scanning.
Nearly a week ago, Google introduced its Project Tango, a phone that scans the world in real time and translates it into a 3D map of sorts. OmniVision has jumped on board with this, announcing today its work with Google to develop mobile devices that can perform this mapping. Kicking it all off are a couple of image sensors.
Google's 200 Project Tango developer devices may only have just revealed their 3D-sensing smartphone abilities, but one company already tinkering with the sensor-packed handsets has shown off exactly what sort of thing they can do. Matterport already has a 3D mapping camera of its own, but the company has been demonstrating what its software can do on Project Tango to capture internal spaces into accurate models in moments.
Today Google announced Project Tango, delivered first as a smartphone that’s able to scan the world around it in real time. This phone knows its position in space in real time using a variety of sensors and is able to map space as you move it. Over 250,000 measurements are made by this phone every second, allowing you to know the position and rotation of the phone at any given moment.
This week the experimental developer-aimed group known as Google ATAP - aka Advanced Technology and Projects (skunkworks) have announced Project Tango. They’ve suggested Project Tango will appear first as a phone with 3D sensors. These 3D sensors will be able to scan and build a map of the room they’re in, opening up a whole world of possibilities.