X

Google's Project Tango (pictures)

The mapping technology, Google says, will enable mobile phones to have a "human-scale understanding of space and motion," allowing for a deeper interaction with the surrounding environment.

james-martin-profile-crop
james-martin-profile-crop

James Martin

See full bio
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.42.17_PM.png
1 of 7 Google/Screenshot

Project Tango

When Google sold off Motorola Mobility, it held onto the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) assets -- and it appears we're now getting a bit of look at Google's bigger-picture vision behind the reason why: Project Tango.
Google has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners to build a unique 3D mapping-capable mobile phone. The device, Google says, will enable mobile phones to have a "human-scale understanding of space and motion," allowing for a deeper interaction with the surrounding environment.
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.40.27_PM_1.png
2 of 7 Google/Screenshot

Prototype phone

Tango exists as a 5-inch Android phone prototype. The prototype phone has customized hardware and software, which allows it to track the motion of the device in full 3D in real time. The suite of sensors can make more than 250 million 3D measurements every second.
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.44.50_PM.png
3 of 7 Google/Screenshot

3D models of the surrounding environment

The phone then uses the data to build a single 3D model of the surrounding environment. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, says the device will solve the indoor navigation problem.
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.40.36_PM.png
4 of 7 Google/Screenshot

Custom hardware

The prototype phone includes a 4MP camera, two computer vision processors, integrated depth sensing, and a motion tracking camera.
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.44.17_PM.png
5 of 7 Google/Screenshot

Project Tango concept

The front and back of the Project Tango concept phone.
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.40.03_PM_1.png
6 of 7 Google/Screenshot

Real world to virtual world

With the indoor mapping technology, the prototype phone can be used to make quick and easy virtual world re-creations of real-world environments.
Screen_Shot_2014-02-20_at_12.39.03_PM.png
7 of 7 Google/Screenshot

From research to real world

Johnny Lee of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects says this unique phone is the product of 10 years of thinking put into one fundamentally different prototyping device, potentially changing what a phone is and could be.

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan
2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan

48 Photos
24 things you should never, ever google
snape

24 things you should never, ever google

25 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos