GOOGLE HAS UNVEILED its rumoured Project Tango 3D mapping tablet for developers, a 7in device that's powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip.
Confirming speculation that the Project Tango tablet was in the works, Google on Thursday unveiled the 7in 3D mapping slate which - much like its Project Tango smartphone prototype - is designed for "professional developers interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing".
Google has teamed up with Nvidia to build the Project Tango tablet, which is powered by a Tegra K1 processor with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internatl storage, 4G LTE support and Android 4.4 Kitkat. Perhaps more importantly, the Project Tango tablet also comes with a motion tracking camera built-in, which will allow it to capture precise 3D images of the objects surrounding it.
Nvidia said in a blog post, "Fast-forwarding Google's Project Tango from experimental device to developer kit, the tablet incorporates cameras optimised for computer vision, advanced sensor fusion algorithms and integrated depth sensing tools, as well as the Nvidia Tegra K1 mobile processor.
"As a result, it can understand space and motion the way humans do, enabling interior spaces to be quickly mapped in three dimensions, allowing the creation of applications that blend real and virtual objects."
Nvidia added that thanks to these 3D mapping capabilities, the tablet can be used to "paint a 3D battlefield in your living room" or for estate agents to create "360-degree fly-through" tours, for example.
The Project Tango Development Kit will be available later this year priced at $1,024, and Google said "limited numbers" will be made available. You can register your interest now at Google's website. µ