On Thursday, Google unveiled a tablet with 3D mapping and inbuilt sensors for Project Tango which will be available to developers by the end of June.
The 7-inch tablet will be powered by a Tegra K1 which can map 3D motion and has several inbuilt sensors. The project was launched in February was a smartphone prototype initially and later partnered with NVIDIA. The official software development kit will be available to developers at the Google I/O event in San Francisco by the end of the month.
“The development kit kits are designed for professional developers interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing. Developers will receive updates as the software algorithms and API’s evolve,” the website mentioned.
The tablet will cost $1024 and developers can sign-up for the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit. Developers will own the tablet and software to “make applications that track full three-dimensional motion and capture surfaces in the environment”. The Tablet will also feature 128Gb of storage with several inbuilt sensors. Google imagines to “capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping”.
Last November, Apple had acquired a 3D sensor company Primesense and Google’s Project Tango will see the company’s entry into 3D and other platforms. Project Tango was the brainchild of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group came along with the acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2012 for $12.5 billion.
Google is focused on attracting developers to further innovate the platform in the future. In March, Google distributed 200 tablets to developers an introduction to the new platform. Developers can use their creativity and create several features with the 3D mapping which will be useful for the disabled especially for the visually impaired.
Google will also look to incorporate the technology in wearables as Project Tango also utilizes sensors and cameras. Last month, a report mentioned that Google was developing 4000 prototype tablets with 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, BLTE and 4G LTE and will include a motion sensing camera. In a move to develop compact hardware, Google has partnered with several companies like George Washington University and Chipmaker Movidius. Developers can sign-up for the development kit here.[ Source ]