Google's new Project Tango tablet has some pretty interesting features. The most notable of which being its reported 3D mapping capacity. The company has been looking at ways of incorporating the new technology into the 7-inch tablet and appears to have found the solution. It has even been tested.
Starting in June, the search company is expected to begin manufacturing some 4,000 Project Tango featured tablets that will be fully ready to roll with sensors and electronics to those already being used on Project Tango smartphones. The company has said that the new tablet will be equipped with "a depth sensor, two cameras, gyroscopes, orientation sensors and a vision-processing system."
That should whet the appetite of tech gurus out there aiming to pick up the latest technology on the market. And with a Project Tango-featured tablet, this marks a dramatic innovation path for Google as it continues to increase its mapping capability.
Reports suggest that the company is looking to buy Skybox and its satellites in the hopes that it can integrate that company into the efforts to get into space that Google appears heading.
The question now on everyone's mind is whether Google will attempt to unveil the tablet at its annual developer conference next month. The company could distribute them among those in attendance at the conference, which largely sets the agenda for the coming 12 months for Google.
Project Tango is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) sector that is leading the charge towards having mobile devices and smartphones fully-equipped with sensors and circuits that would allow the creation and viewing of 3D local environments. All this should be in real time, Google says.
ATAP had been part of Motorola Mobility before being acquired by Google.
On Google's Project Tango website, the company says that the sensor suite "allow[s] the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second updating its position and orientation in real-time combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you."
With Samsung already showing itself capable of launching a series of innovative products aimed at capturing the general population's attention with smartwatches and such, Google is looking to narrow the gap between the two with its own unique take on 3D and mobile devices.