Google is reportedly bringing its Project Tango technology to tablets. The Wall Street Journal reported the company plans to produce 4,000 prototype tablets with advanced vision capabilities starting next month.
“The device would come with a 7-inch screen and will be equipped with two back cameras, infrared depth sensors, and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Google first announced Project Tango in February with an experimental Android phone designed to track 3D motion in real-time while simultaneously developing a map of a user’s environment.
“Awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other,” wrote Johnny Lee, project lead for Google’s Advanced Technology and Products, on Project Tango’s website. “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 goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”
The possibilities of the technology include the ability to give the visually impaired step-by-step directions, to capture dimensions of a house, and to create virtual worlds for video games.
The Wall Street Journal story is available here.