Google’s Project Tango Is A Phone That Turns Any Room Into A Playground
Google has just announced Project Tango, a new phone where the core emphasis is on highly customisable hardware and software. It also just happens to be able to track its motion in full 3D, in real-time, as you hold it. This has huge potential in terms of real-time augmented reality.
Project Lead at Google’s Advance Technology and Projects (ATAP) group Johnny Chung Lee said the phone’s sensors make a “quarter million 3D measurements every second,” updating its position and rotation, which is then used to create a 3D model of the environment it’s in.
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Of course, you can’t talk about AR (Augmented Reality) without mentioning the gaming applications.
“Imagine that you scan a small section of your living room and then are able to generate a little game world in it,” said one of the developers who collaborated on the project. “I don’t know of any other controller or gaming device that can do that.”
“Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character,” Google ATAP said. “Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.”
Tango uses an combination of its 4-megapixel camera, two “Computer Vision Processors,” integrated depth sensing, and a motion tracking camera in order to work its magic.
Lee said he’s been working on Project Tango with universities, research labs, and industrial partners to harvest 10 years of research in robotics and computer vision in order to create the unique phone.
“Our goal is to give mobile devices a human scale understanding of space and motion.”
Google will begin distributing developer kits in the coming months.
Check out the video above to see Project tango’s real-time rendering in action.