Google Launches Project Tango, a 3D Sensor-Enabled Smartphone [Video]

Google launches a new project, a 3D sensor-enables smartphone.

The Internet serching giant inveiled to the whole world that it is working on an experimental Android-running phone with powerful 3D sensors called Project Tango on Thursday.

The new smartphone is the latest project out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group.

“The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” Johnny Lee, ATAP’s technical program lead, wrote in a Google+ post announcing the project.

“Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone.”

“Now, we’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help pull those ideas into reality,” the company added in a statement.

The 5-inch device will reportedly run Android operating system and will be equipped with a series of 3D sensors capable of taking more than a quarter of a million measurements each second.

The company predictes that these sensors will have a number of applications from gaming to indoor navigation.

As Mashable claims, “the phone is currently in early stages of development, and the first prototypes will only be available to a limited group of developers.”

The first 200 prototypes the Internet company hopes to distribute by mid-March, will go to a group of developers hand-picked by Google.

The company also explains the main advantages of the upcoming device: “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping?”

Google goes on, wondering: “What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building? What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places? What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?”

Project Tango is predicted to play a significant role in the upcoming Google I/O Developer Conference, which will take places from June 25 to 26.

The news comes a few days after reports surfaced claiming that Apple is working on heart attack predicting device, reports claim.

iPhone and iPad maker is currently working on a new sensor technologythat would be able to predict heart attacks, reports claim.

The effort, led by audio expert Tomlinson Holman, the inventor of THX and 10.2 surround sound, is said to be focused on the sound blood makes as it travels through a person’s arteries.

“Apple must increasingly rely on new products to reignite growth beyond the vision” of late founder Steve Jobs, said Bill Kreher, an analyst with Edward Jones Investments in St. Louis. “They need the next big thing.”

Which is more, as expers claim, wearable devices also make sense for the phone maker; electric cars and cardiac monitors not as much. And that’s exactly why Apple should pursue those ideas.

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