Google’s Project Tango kickstarted with a sensor-packed smartphone which could discern and map the world around it in 3D. The company has now unveiled Project Tango tablet, a slate which offers a similar functionality.
Project Tango is essentially meant to equip mobile devices with the right kind of sensors so that these devices can accurately map the indoors and buildings. How this functionality will eventually translate into the consumer needs remains to be seen and for now, Google has reached out only to the developer community with Tango gear and ideas.
Project Tango tablet must be viewed in this context. It is not exactly an end-user tablet and unless you are a developer, you wouldn’t have much use for it. Google has readied the slate in collaboration with Nvidia and it comes with a Tegra K1 processor together with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. The tablet packs a 7-inch display and support LTE connectivity.
Naturally, the key features of this tablet are the camera and the depth sensor. Both help the tablet map the world around it in 3D and for now, the only idea floated about the possible application of this feature is indoor mapping. However, there are countless possibilities of putting such 3D mapping to use in many other applications.
That is precisely what Google seems to be telling the developer community when it says, “These development kits are designed for professional developers interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing.” Intriguingly, Google is following the same roll-out model with Project Tango that it did with Project Glass. Just like Google Glass units were initially limited to developers only, Project Tango tablet will go up for sale later this year with a price tag of $1,024 and it will be initially geared at the developer community.