At its annual developers conference I/O 2014, Google announced that it would be working jointly with LG on Project Tango to bring a commercial Tango based device into the hands of consumers by 2015. It will most likely be a 3D-sensing Tablet although no further details were given out by Google.
Project Tango is a 3D mapping project on which Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATPG) has been working since 2013 to bring 3D effects to smartphones and Tablets. According to Google, “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”
The Tango project is being carried out jointly with University of Minnesota, George Washington University, Bosch and Qualcomm. During the Google I/O conference, it was demonstrated that Project Tango uses multiple high resolution cameras, motion sensors and depth sensors to create a 3D effect just like human eyes.
The Google-LG partnership for the Project Tango based device is still in the early stages. The hardware specifications are as yet unclear. For the project, Google is working with Unreal Engine 4, Unity engine and Qualcomm Vuforia platform.
Google’s early prototype was a smartphone but the recent one is a 7-inch Tablet that has NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor, a fish-eye lens and motion-tracking camera. The Tablet prototype has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Google and LG are already working together for the Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones as well as for Android TV. For the present, the two companies are hard at work to bring out the Project Tango based device soon. We’ll keep you updated regarding any further news in this respect.