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Google teams with LG to bring a Project Tango tablet to market in 2015

But reportedly has cancelled its 3D mapping smartphone
Fri Jun 27 2014, 10:06
Google Project Tango tablet feature Nvidia Tegra K1 chip

GOOGLE ANNOUNCED at its I/O developer conference on Thursday that it will bring a Project Tango tablet built by LG to market in 2015.

Tango project lead Jonny Lee told I/O attendees that Google has begun "early engagement" with LG to build a Project Tango consumer device, Forbes reports, adding that consumers will be able to get their hands on it next year.

Google said that it is also working with the Unity and Unreal game engines, as well as Qualcomm to bring this project to the market.

Project Tango is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) lab, and looks to bring 3D sensing to phones and tablets. Devices such as the Project Tango prototype Google unveiled earlier this month, will be configured with multiple cameras, motion sensors and depth-sensing capabilities, which mean they will be able to map the world around them.

Lee said, "You, sitting in your seat, roughly understand the size of this room as well as the position and orientation of the person sitting next to you.

"This sense of spacial perception is remarkable but we take it for granted every day," he added, before demonstrating how Project Tango can "effortlessly" map an office and his own home.

"There's a tremendous amount of work to do when we think about what we can do when our devices have this awareness."

Google unveiled its Project Tango prototype earlier this month, which is likely what LG's tablet will be based on. The 7in device has a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 chip, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and - as of the beginning of June - Android 4.4 Kitkat, although this likely will be bumped to Android L.

According to some I/O attendees on Twitter, Google has decided to cancel plans for its Project Tango smartphone. µ


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