Oh lover boy.
Project Tango is fairly simple: A 4 mega-pixel camera, motion-tracking camera and an infrared sensor work with gyroscopes and other motion sensors to give the phone the ability to sense where it is in a space. They take in as much information about the surrounding area as possible and construct 3-D maps on the fly.
Tango appears to use a process very similar to SLAM but grabs even more data in regards to its surroundings. What’s really impressive is that Tango grabs all of that data and processes it live, and all on a mobile device (via the Myriad 1 vision processor). Tango can act as a virtual eye for those with visual impairments or even give robots the ability to learn and remember their environments. Combined with Google’s robotics departments, self-driving cars, and anything else they’ve been developing behind closed doors, Tango’s technology will likely see a lot of use within Google.
While Tango has been set up to blow away all expectations, I can’t help but wonder what sort of limitations it has. How long does the battery last when device is running? How much of the environment can it process at a time? To what detail? So far Google has been fairly hush hush about Tango’s specifications so we’ll have to wait and see.
Google will be releasing 200 devices to select developers. If you’re interested in grabbing your own Tango, sign up on their website. As previously mentioned Google probably has its own plans with Tango’s technology, but it will likely be looking towards other developers to see if Tango has wide commercial potential. Be sure to check out the video below for more information on Tango.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner.