Google wants to release a new generation of smart phone that is able to see the environment as you see it. Among other things, the device can help blind users navigate the space. This is not another version of Android, but a totally new product. Google calls it the Tango Project .
The aim of the project is to teach mobile devices to perceive the surrounding space and movement – said the head of Project Tango Johnny Lee.
Below are 5 things you need to know about a new project of Google.
Project Tango – a 5-inch smartphone
Project Tango will combine the physical and virtual worlds. Human interaction with the outside world is through visual cues. Google is developing a prototype smartphone with similar functions.
According to Li, the current prototype is presented 5-inch phone with special hardware and software that can track the movement of the device in three-dimensional space, creating a map of its environment. Fitted over 250 sensors record 000 measurements per second, updating the position and orientation of the phone in real time. Based on the data model is built surrounding space.
Project Tango – it’s not Android, but uses it in the
Prototype Project Tango is based on the Android operating system and offers APIs that help applications on Android-Java, C / C + + and Unity Game Engine to study the situation, orientation and depth of the phone space. Journalists resource ReadWrite contacted the company Google, to find out the specifications of the machine, in particular, its processor, but has not yet received a response.
Project Tango could revolutionize navigation Apps augmented reality
Phone capable of creating a 3D-model entourage may find wide application. For example, with the help of Google can create more detailed maps of large indoor shopping. Project can accelerate the development of applications and video games augmented reality, where digital information is superimposed over the image of the real world.
Project Tango offers a limited number of sets of developer
To date, Google offers a total of 200 prototypes to developers. Distribution sets held on March 14.
However, not all provide the same set of development tools. According to Google, some prototypes are optimized, for example, to create maps indoors, others for processing the data collected from sensors. Devices can be used for different tasks, including the development of multiplayer games.
Project Tango has 16 partners
The project involved companies such as Movidius (Silicon Valley startup, busy developing chips for processing data received from the sensors and cameras), OmniVision, Open Source Robotics Foundation and Bosch. The latter, incidentally decided to come to grips with the Internet of things. For this purpose was established even a single firm .