The next generation of smartphones is here: Google’s Project Tango

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When Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, they kept the Advanced Technology and Projects group, which we know was working on Project Ara. Well, something else has been in the cooker as well: Google’s Project Tango. According to the leader of Project Tango, Johnny Lee, it is something they “have been working quietly on over the past year.”

Project Tango is a very unique smartphone that uses a motion tracking camera and depth sensor that can detect the 3D world that we live in. It can learn the dimensions of rooms and spaces, including your entire house. Can you say augmented reality? Imagine playing a game in your own home with other characters. It’s also perfect for directions beyond the street level, such as a mall or an unfamiliar and very large building.

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According to Lee, the Project Tango team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners in nine different countries enabling them to bring the last 10 years of research from robotics and computer vision to the phone.

Now this is at the prototype stage, which means we are a little ways off from consumer versions, but the good news is that Google is going to put 200 of these devices into developers hands in March to see what they can do with them.

I should also note the Johnny Lee seems to be perfect for this role. He helped Microsoft develop the Kinect and created virtual reality tools out of a Wii remote. He has been a Googler since 2011.

Damn, I wish I was a developer!!

sources: +Google ATAP / +Sundar PichaiProject Tango
via: The Verge


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.