Google’s 3D mapping Project Tango initiative isn’t just focused on our smartphones. The search giant on Thursday announced its technology will be used in tablets, too, with a new development kit designed to expand Google’s efforts to map anything and everything.
The tablet itself, well, looks like a tablet, but it comes with all the bells and whistles necessary for 3D mapping. On the front rests a 120 degree camera, and on the rear there are three different sensors: one for taking pictures, one for tracking motion, and one for capturing depth, similar to what we saw on the HTC One (M8). Inside Google has equipped the device with a Tegra K1 chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. A pretty beastly tablet in its own right, but built specifically for Project Tango—not for you and me to tote around to Starbucks.
Announced in February, Google’s Project Tango is being developed out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, which also helped with Project Ara. The initiative is basically meant to “give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision, enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences.”
The technology has thus far been living inside a prototype smartphone, but now it’s available in a more powerful and larger gadget. That’ll presumably give developers better tools to capture and process their surroundings, ultimately helping them create better experiences. Project Tango is currently an experiment, but with some further development, the technology could one day help us create more sophisticated mapping applications.
Like the smartphone prototype, Google’s new tablets will not be available to consumers, and will be available in limited quantities.