Meet Project Tango, Google’s 3D Mapping PhoneCecily Kellogg
When I moved into my current house which was significantly bigger than my previous home I tried to figure out where we’d put everything. In a deeply analog fashion, I cut out pieces of paper in the shape of the rooms and then also cut out pieces of paper in the size and shape of my furniture. Eventually I figured out how to set the rooms up, but my little paper project didn’t cover all contingencies and we did have to move furniture around quite a bit to get it right.
Now, of course, there are plenty of websites and other digital tools you can use to set up your new house. But Google envisions a tool that you can hold in the palm of your hand to map your world and that tool is Project Tango.
As Google puts it, “We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.” The team behind Project Tango — Advanced Technology and Projects group (formerly of Motorola) envisions applications that could change the world quite a bit. Think blind people able to map their environments and get auditory clues (like a digital seeing eye dog), real estate agents building 3D versions of houses on websites, or changing the way maps and navigation programs work. They even see gaming applications where you can use your phone as a way to “see” elements that are around you.
Check out the video below. I suspect you’ll be impressed. We’re a long way from Project Tango becoming an Android phone you can buy in a store, but they are already seeking developers to create apps for the phone. I’m already itching to get my hands on one!