Wing Google’s gathered a small initiative group of engineers and programmers, which instructed the interesting project to create the futuristic smartphone. It must be able to in real time create the entire three-dimensional map, that is in front of him. The project was named Project Tango.
The idea is not inherently complex – a smartphone equipped with several sensors: a regular 4 -megapixel camera, the camera tracks the movement and depth sensor. Data from the sensors ( quarter of a million times per second), are processed on two super specialized processors (Movidius Myriad 1) using sophisticated software algorithms. After processing in real-time. constructed three-dimensional map environment for smartphone. The device is “aware of ” the volume and geometry of space / real-world objects, as does the human brain analyzes the ” stereo image “, obtained from the eyes. In fact – something like a mobile version of contactless manipulator Kinect.
All data the depth of space, position and orientation of the phone available to developers through the API can be used in the usual Android- application written in Java, C / C + + ( also supported by Unity Game Engine).
What, exactly, to do with the three-dimensional map of the real world will have to decide third-party developers, who will be able to create advanced games and a applications augmented reality, map the reality and somehow apply these three-dimensional maps in the future (eg, pour them into a single – single “cloud “) – in fact, you can come up with a mass interesting scenarios.
Of course, Google has no plans to release this smartphone in droves – it’s more a research project, to assess the possibilities of technology. While it is known, that the prototype of smartphone is equipped with a five-inch display and runs on Android. Google has already created 200 of these devices and is ready to give on competitive basis to developers. willing to create for them the sensible software projects.
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