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Google Announces Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit – 7-inch Display, NVIDIA Tegra K1, 4GB RAM, and More

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Most of you are familiar with Google’s Project Tango, right? That would be the project lead by Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technologies and Projects) group that is designed to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”

The original Project Tango device (which was a phone) used advanced cameras and sensors to 3D map environments in real time. The benefits include opportunities for 3D gaming environments or helping the visually impaired or even something as practical as helping place furniture in your house in a virtual environment to see how it looks and if it will fit. The phone was the only the beginning, though, as Google has unwrapped a tablet development kit for Project Tango. 

The tablet development kit is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and 4GB RAM. It also has 128GB of storage, 4MP rear camera coupled with a motion tracking camera, integrated depth sensor, a 120-degree front camera, and of course, runs Android.

Keep in mind that this kit was created for serious developers who are interested in the future of mobile 3D sensing. If you fit that description, you can sign-up today to get more information. To learn more about the NVIDIA Tegra K1 integration, check out this post.

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  • JoshuaAuerbach

    I don’t know why.. but for some odd reason I’m not impressed by these specs.. I think it could be better.

  • JoeTi

    Holy bezel, Batman! I agree you need more on a tablet but that looks like a lot of bezel.

  • Grayson

    Looks like it has the same camera sensor as the HTC Ones on the back.

  • jake

    I love the price: $1024

  • James Hill

    Sign me up!

  • Finire

    So… pretty much my dream device then.

  • droidrazredge

    I want to Tango with this tablet just because of the specs :O.

  • p4

    wait for it ……. nobody’s gonna criticize the bezel?

    • Suicide_Note

      This is aimed at devs, not the average consumer, so it’s likely aesthetics weren’t a very high priority.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    So THIS is where the Tegra nexus tablet rumors came from.

  • BigTexas

    Am I the only one crazy to still be possibly purchasing this even at that current $1,000 price point? I mean it’s specs should last 2 years. So if I buy 2 year’s worth of new iterations of a Nexus Tablet which should come to around $1000 Then this is actually a good deal. The 128 GB of storage alone is great. Bleeding Edge Spec’s and the ability the have new sensor’s that you can take advantage of by creating new API’s. I think I would purchase this.

    • T4rd

      For a $1000, I’d still rather have a Surface Pro 3 with better specs, a proper desktop OS that I can run anything on, probably have better battery life, and much more versatility in terms of both software and hardware (accessories like keyboards, docking stations, etc.).

      • meguesteisme

        yes, a desktop os on a tablet. sure. you lunatic ms fanboys are smoking too much of that stuff

        • bonanzalarry

          not really a lunatic or an MS fanboy… for close to 1000$ I’d rather have something that is fully functional and not just an oversized smartphone also

        • T4rd

          Considering you brought zero arguments against it and just made yourself sound pretty ignorant, I’d say you’re the one mentally handicapped here.

      • Android_09

        The 512gb with the i7 is so damn expensive, almost 2k, come on now that’s ridiculous. It looks awesome, but I could never pay that much for what it is. You could get an amazing desktop or full sized laptop for that much.

    • morgan boyle

      most of the sensors are useless unless YOU create a use for them….for now. but if you have $1000 to burn, give it a go, i’d like to tinker with it.

  • Ryan N

    That 3D mapping could be useful for an app that teaches one to dance with an augmented partner…

    Maybe even a style that takes two…

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/106360864062878150997/posts Garrison Boone

      Tango? ;)

  • cadtek91

    I’m pretty sure they’ll be using this technology in any humanoid robots they develop with the Boston Dynamics team.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    they used HTC’s camera?

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    “NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor packed
    with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, motion tracking camera, integrated depth
    sensing, WiFi, BTLE, and 4G LTE (availability will depend on region and
    carrier).”

    *Heavy breathing*

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      When I drool over specs, they look like this

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    thousand bucks though

    • Leif Sikorski

      I wouldn’t see this as a average consumer product. If developer find good ways to make use of it this could be a big deal for visually impaired people or some very specific use-cases. For such things it would be pretty cheap.

      • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

        how does this work for the visually impaired? if you can’t see. whats a 3D mock up of a room gonna do?

        • Foramex

          Vibrate to tell you which direction to go, voice guide, etc.
          It has a GREAT potential

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            thats cool i guess. nice of them to focus on such a small market

          • Shane Redman

            could also redefine google street view for businesses….

          • Suicide_Note

            That’s just one possible use. This isn’t being aimed solely at the visually impaired. The article listed a few other potential uses, and devs will surely come up with others that we can’t even imagine yet.

  • akhnaten

    4GB of RAM, does that mean Google will be putting a 64-bit OS on it? If not, you could only access around 3.5 GB of the RAM.

    • TSK

      If I’m not mistaken the K1 is only a 32-bit processor. Well actually one version of the K1, the “Denver” is 64-bit, but the others are 32.

      • jvader2012

        i thought nvidia said 40 bit address. I think on their website they include both specs for quad core and dual core. 40 bit and 64

  • TSK

    Hopefully this is a sign of things to come between NVIDIA and Google. If they could make an Android TV set top box with a K1 in it and get aggressive pricing, it could sell like hot cakes. It would have the best of both gaming and media. And there would still be a place for chromecast as purely media, with the set top box being more all around.

  • Jeremiah Hawkins

    1024 for a dev kit Tegra K1 Project Tango Tablet… Wow. Beastly though

  • SeanPlunk

    It’s like a Nexus 7 on roids.

    • Raven

      Yeah, I wish they would release one with these specs minus all of the extra sensors.

      • SeanPlunk

        I agree, and with less bezel. I saw the Nexus 8 leak this morning and its bezel is out of control too. I’m not sure why Google thinks we need to be able to rest our entire arm on the side of a tablet ;)

      • Orpick

        aren’t SENSORS the #1 point of this?)

        project Tango is not a project to create an affordable 7″ tablet, it’s an ambitious R&D project:P

      • michael arazan

        Google is really pushing hard to get developers to start creating apps for this device and for their 3-d mapping.