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Project Tango phone from Google and Intel unveiled

by Jacob Kleinman | August 18, 2015August 18, 2015 12:40 pm PDT

Intel just revealed its first Project Tango smartphone, which combines Google’s 3D mapping software along with its own RealSense 3D camera technology. The device made an appearance onstage at Intel’s Developer Forum, though it’s unclear whether it will get an actual release anytime soon.

The device features a 6-inch display and looks like a pretty standard smartphone. The one big difference is the array of cameras in back, which will make it possible to scan the room in 3D in real time. Intel even put on a quick demo onstage at the event.

Google has been showing off Project Tango for a while now, though it’s mostly been demoed using specialized Android tablets. The technology makes it possible to create instant 3D maps. It also works without GPS, so you can use it inside.

Like we said, there’s no word on when or if this Project Tango smartphone will actually launch. We’d love to this see device or something like it hit the market eventually, though it may take a while to perfect the technology.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...