The new tool designed by Google, called Project Tango, allows you to perform an artificial reproduction of the environment around us mapping 3D space using a mobile device .
This represents a huge breakthrough in the world of Augmented Reality , as the problem augmented reality developers found sometimes is that we need to place virtual objects in a very specific point in space, and thanks to Project Tango now we have a perception much more accurate of user environment. Project Tango offers a wide range of outputs and its profits are sure to be quickly exploited by the market.
Citing Johnny Lee, Project Tango leader, in the same way that some cars warn of a possible collision, we could develop an App for Project Tango to guide blind people or to make cars drive alone. But instead of using proximity sensors, blind person would only have to use their Tango. This technology could be implemented on other devices soon, as in Google Glasses, cars ( for automatic driving )…
How it works?
For now it is a research project and we still can not say anything clear about how it will be when released, assuming it finally comes out (I am convinced that a device that is going to be really usefull will be soon on market) . However, we already have some of the progress that we can talk about.
First, Tango uses more devices besides the camera for mapping the environment. If we analyze the latest companies this internet giant has acquired lately, we see that many of them develop technologies that would be useful for Project Tango:
- Nest acquisition by 3,200 M € : the newly acquired Nest has developed a sophisticated thermostat that could be used in Project Tango to collect environmental data .
- Acquisition of Boston Dynamics, among others in the industry of robotics.
- Acquisition of Deepmind , specializing in artificial intelligence startup whose software could come in handy for Project Tango.
In short, we can say that Google has very advanced technology that can be used to develop a device that will leave us astonished and will be a breakthrough for the field of augmented reality, among many other advances coming this year and the next.