Google unveils 3D tablet


In its second attempt in 3D mapping, Google unveiled a tablet capable of mimicking how we see the environment.

Last February, Google unveiled a prototype Android-powered smartphone called Project Tango.

Project Tango’s goal was to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Project Tango

Google re-materialised Project Tango into a quite powerful tablet. This tablet features a 7 inch 1080p display, NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1 chip, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a camera that has a 4MP sensor with high light sensitivity and a motion tracking camera and a rear depth sensor. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, micro-HDMI and 4G LTE. The tablet runs a stock 4.4 Android KitKat.

This tablet is the latest effort of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. ATAP is also the brains behind Project Tango, the ATAP team’s goal is to use Project Tango to map out three-dimensional mock-ups of different rooms, as well as measure the distance between objects within them.

Such features would offer a broad range of benefits, for example, if you wish to buy a new sofa but you are unsure if it would fit nicely in your living room, this tablet would offer a three dimensional map of your home with exact dimensions of all the objects and the spacing between them, a furniture store could develop an application that has all the products in the store. This application would then allow you to put a virtual sofa similar to the one you crave in your living room giving you a much better aspect of the view.

Project Tango could be very beneficial to game developers as mentioned by ATAP head John Lee. Lee stated that if a device can understand your environment, you could turn your living room into a dungeon or a fantasy world which would make this environment perfect for a game of hide-and-seek. Big gaming companies like Epic and software developers like Autodesk are already toying around with Tango to provide a good experience to users.

Google hopes that one day, 3D-mapping would be a standard feature in smartphones and tablets.

Project Tango’s tablet is still in development, developers can sign up to be notified whenever it is available. When available, Google states it will costs $1,024 which is not much considering the power you will be getting. Interested in Tango, Google announced that the tablet will go on pre-order this month. The ATAP group hopes to showcase the tablet again later this year in Google’s I/O.