Google’s Project Tango graduates from ATAP, moves closer to reality
A recent blog post from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group (ATAP) announced that Project Tango, the firm’s 3D-scanning camera, has graduated from the experimental lab and is moving closer to becoming reality.
“After two fast-paced years in ATAP, and many technical successes, the Tango team is transitioning from ATAP to a new home within Google,” ATAP said in a Google+ post. “We’re excited about the continued commitment to developing the technology for our users. We wish our fellow pirates fair winds and following seas.”
Unveiled early last year, the project started as a concept to incorporate 3D-mapping technology into mobile devices. The technology has many potential applications, including augmented reality, gaming, mapping out dimensions of buildings and even providing assistance for the visually impaired. The shift from the development laboratory to a new base inside the company itself suggests that system is progressing and Google is ready to step it up to the next level, bringing the technology into consumer devices.
The Project Tango Development Kit showed off last June allowed a selected group of engineers and developers to test their Tango-related apps and explore the potentials of mobile 3D sensing using the technology. The 7-inch tablet is powered by a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor packed with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, motion tracking camera, integrated depth sensing, Wi-Fi, BTLE and 4G LTE. Developers will receive updates as the software algorithms and APIs evolve, and Google is also encouraging the developer community to provide as much feedback as possible.