Earlier Google shelved the sales of Google Glass as it will concentrate on the development of a new division dedicated to building the smart glass. Now, Google’s Project Tango, the 3D-tracking tablet, will also be moved to a different division as it graduates from its Advanced Technology and Projects section. What GPS did for navigation, Tango plans to do for 3D mapping and indoor positioning. It combines cameras, precise movement sensors and depth-tracking to create complex 3D surroundings in real-time.
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Tango Gets Serious
Until now, Google ATAP was responsible for looking over the proper functioning of Project Tango. But now, with developer hardware being in the market, it’s time that Tango gets serious.
According to the Google division, “ATAP’s innovation strategy is characterized by ambitious goals, time limits, and temporary project teams. So, after two fast-paced years in ATAP, and many technical successes, the Tango team is transitioning from ATAP to a new home within Google.”
The new home is not yet known as Google hasn’t made any confirmation on where Tango will land. But unlike Google Glass’ rumors of getting axed, nothing has come up regarding Project Tango. In fact, it seems that the company is happy with the progress till now and it is willing to continue its development with investment in more resources.
The Google+ post in Google ATAP page says:
ATAP’s innovation strategy is characterized by ambitious goals, time limits, and temporary project teams. So, after two fast-paced years in ATAP, and many technical successes, the Tango team is transitioning from ATAP to a new home within Google. We’re excited about the continued commitment to developing the technology for our users — we wish our fellow pirates fair winds and following seas.
Potential Applications for Project Tango
Since November, 2014, developer hardware for this system came in use. Only LG has said till now that it will release a device based on the Tango technology. The device apparently will either be a tablet or a smartphone and is expected to arrive in 2015.
A Google spokesperson told SlashGear “Google is committed to continuing to invest and develop Tango technology and applications for users. There are many exciting potential applications for Project Tango, particularly within mobile, but we don’t have any specifics to share right now.”
The appeal is in how it merges multiple sensor inputs to find out the location of a device and what is around it, in real-time. This feature can prove to be beneficial for mobile mapping, augmented reality gaming, hyper-localized location-based services and more.
With the shifting of Projection Tango from Google ATAP, we can hope that more improvements are going to be made which will benefit the users.
What do you think?
Do you think Project Tango will improve with this shift? Should more devices use this system? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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