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Google ‘Project Tango’ tablet being seeded to developers in secret?

Word has it that Google’s developmental depth-sensing smartphone was only the beginning, now it’s about to start handing out tablets too.


Google has its fingers in so many pies, it’s sometimes hard to keep tabs on where its latest efforts lie. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company is currently prototyping some 4000 tablets to seed to developers with the intent of driving innovation and creative design using this new technology.

As with the Project Tango smartphone, the most unique feature surrounding these tablets will be their depth-sensing camera technology. As previously demoed by the Tango Team, using special developmental hardware and software, the system can view, analyse and map 3D space in real-time serving up some fun augmented reality games in the process.

These tablets are expected to sport a 7-inch display, infrared depth sensors and dual cameras, akin to the HTC One (M8). The specialised software can determine, distance, size, shape and visual detail of objects within its view, creating a 3D reconstruction of a space for mapping purposes.

How Project Tango technology will be put into practice in a finish product remains to be seen, but it isn’t a stretch to assume that indoor Google Maps and Street View functionality are under consideration, alongside innovations in the world of mobile gaming and possible advancements to Google Glass.

What do you think about Project Tango and what would use a depth-sensing device for? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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