Project Tango is a new innovative and ambitiouS project from internet giant Google with a goal to give mobile devices a human scale understanding of space and mnotion. The awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way humans interact with each other and their environment.
The prototype features a 5-inch display and customized software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. The sensors on the phone makes quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real time. The prototype runs a customized version of Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android apps. The early prototypes, algorithms and APIs are still in active development.
The Project Tango can be used to capture the dimensions of your home before you go for furniture shopping. It can help visually-impaired navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places. It can also help you to navigate large indoor complexes or super-stores.
Initially, the project Tango prototype will only be available to selected 200 developers. Google is expected to ship all of the developer units by March 14th, 2014. Stay tuned for more updates.
Update : According to a new leaked report, Project Tango will feature a 4 Mega Pixel color backside camera, a 180-degree field of view fish eye camera, a 320 x 180 @5Hz depth camera and a front-facing camera with 120 degree field view. The project is still in early stages.