Share this Story

Google Announces Project Tango, Mobile Platform That Allows Devices to Sense the World Around Us

Google is one of those companies that is continuously looking into the future and trying to predict what users will want next. It’s the bright minds in Mountain View that continuously surprise us with projects like Google Glass, self-driving cars, and Project Loon. Project Tango is the latest experiment announced by Google, showing just how ambitious Google can be when they get behind a new project. Project Tango might look like a bulky Android device, but as you see in the video below, it looks to do so much more than just be big. 

To put it simply, Project Tango is seeking to put together a set of device components and algorithms that give mobile devices more awareness of their surroundings. Johnny Lee, lead of Project Tango, said “our devices today assume that our world ends at the edges of the screen,” and he wants to change that.

In their video released today, Project Tango is shown as a mobile device (running Android, of course) hooked up with a 4MP camera that works alongside a host of other sensors – such as a motion-tracking camera and depth sensors. It’s a lot of technology packed into that small white phone.

A few of the experiments Google shows off in its intro video is the ability to 3D map a phone’s environment, and then to place a virtual game level in that environment. It’s kind of like the games they created for Glass, but on super-sized steroids. They also showcase its ability to help people with visual impairments, as the phone makes over a quarter of a million 3D measurements every single second, then displays those measurements in real time for people to view.

As with most of their projects, Google has put the pieces of this project together, but is opening it up to software developers to figure out what to do with it. Project Tango is lining up developer units for people to put their minds together about what it would mean for a device to be able to track where it is in this world.

What kind of creation would you make with Project Tango in your hands?

Via: TechCrunch
  • wmsco1
  • interstellarmind

    Tricorder Mark I!

  • cool!

  • Diablo81588

    Quick Apple! Apply for a patent on it and call it magical!

  • Cyber Jethro

    Looks like a Moto-X in a box.

  • Jaimin

    See Windows Phone too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMU51KeRIcs Any more info? Do write to me. Thanks in advance

  • AbbyZFresh

    And will go to the Spring Cleaning list by 2018.

  • Dan

    Skynet anyone???

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Ingress 5.0

  • dh

    Google does all this cool stuff! Apple/Microsoft just looks for ways to extort more money for the same products they sold last year. Or files lawsuits.

  • dsignori

    Wow, this is great. This is why I love Google. So impressive…

  • Jonathan Douglas Ray Hall-Neal

    It’s obviously apparent that “Windy Day”, the game available on Moto X, is one of the very first readily available games that feature some of the development from this project. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lszHEu7oxE

    • Justin W

      Yes and no… It’s really just a gyroscopical “game” if you want to call it that (it’s more of a video) that’ doesn’t use the room you’re in or anything like that in it’s calculations. This would use a ton of 3D coordinates to help physically map the room you’re in.

  • Intellectua1

    Google is the future…

  • Jimnay Crickat

    This + Oculus Rift pl0x0rz.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I hope this leads to the mapping orbs (pups) from Prometheus lol

    • Maxim∑

      it leads to a lot of cool things but a downside is probably more data gathering

  • Bryan

    This is like what they did in The Dark Knight.

    • The Narrator
      • dolt

        Please explain how he’s wrong. Every damn is an active collector of the entirety of the surroundings. Yeah, no possibility for abuse there. What flavor Soma do you prefer?

        • The Narrator

          I never said he was wrong. Must be replying to wrong person.

          • DeezEnnEweTees


        • The Narrator

          Don’t worry, the Narrator has become a constant stream of trollisms and “look at me” content.

          • The Narrator

            How is that trolling? Ah right, Chris. Get out of here. Flagged again and will continue to happen

          • LittlePuppetHomes

            Is that all you ever do on here? Troll with lame memes? Every article on here you’re doing the same thing: being a smart a*s and posting captioned pics.

            Your content is about as old and played out as the someecards people post on FB. I’ve never heard of a Narrator that never has anything to say lulz

          • WhatHappenedToSnitchesGetStitc

            You brag about flagging posts? LOL You’re a whole new level of soft crybaby tampon tunnel!

  • JBartcaps

    New mobile games based around the dimensions of your own house? That could be pretty awesome, I always wanted to see how my house could hold up against zombies

    • michael arazan

      Or 3D imaging of high rise buildings for games like call of duty, probably faster and cheaper to actually scan a building floor by floor than to create it virtually. When playing games most rooms you can’t enter or have locked doors, imagine if every room you could enter, would make multiplayer pretty awesome, and in real buildings.

  • Michael Suriel

    I can see this being commercially available in 2016

  • John Doe
  • AbbyZFresh

    Oh boy, i can see a lot of negative backlash for this device from the public. Just like with Google Glass.

    Google hasn’t learned their lesson yet it seems.

    • Stone Cold

      Glass makes no sense to me but this could be a very good thing.

      • AbbyZFresh

        This device doesn’t make much sense. What’s its real-world benefit?

        • Nicholas Ruiz

          Did you skip over the part about helping the visually impaired? Would also be great for construction, pinpoint navigating, decorating…

        • Stone Cold

          Too soon to tell. But too early to just dimiss the idea also imo.

        • Jeff C

          create sh*t and worry about the uses later i guess? radar was created for use in warfare during WWII now people use it to find fish in a lake

          • Raven65

            That would be sonar.

    • The Narrator
  • Cameron Laudick

    Could be sweet for military use

    • The Narrator

      I can’t wait for the military’s Iron Man suit.

  • evan brown

    This is just simply incredible

  • MH

    Skynet has become self aware