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Google plans a 7in Android powered Project Tango tablet

Will 3D map the world around it
Fri May 23 2014, 11:43
Google's Project Tango is a 5in Android prototype with 3D mapping sensors

GOOGLE REPORTEDLY is working on a tablet version of Project Tango following the unveiling of its smartphone prototype that will be capable of 3D mapping the world around it.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is working on a 7in tablet version of Project Tango which will arrive kitted out with two rear-facing cameras, infrared depth sensors and custom software that will be capable of capturing precise 3D images of objects.

Google's Project Tango webpage reveals that the sensor suite "allow[s] the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second updating its position and orientation in real-time combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you".

This technology, Google said, can be used for improved indoor navigation for the visually impaired, step by step directions within stores, and lays the groundwork for more immersive games.

Google reportedly plans to produce 4,000 prototype tablets beginning in June, with further plans likely to be announced ahead of its I/O developer conference at the end of the month.

Additional details about the Project Tango tablet prototype remain a mystery, but a recent teardown of the company's Project Tango smartphone, which is already in the hands of 200 developers, likely gives some clues.

The iFixit team pulled apart the prototype, revealing that the 5in device has a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage that's expandable via microSD card. Thanks to its ease of disassembly, the device was given a repairability score of nine out of 10.

Google has yet to comment on the speculation, but we have asked the company for comment. µ

 

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