Google Reveals New Project Tango Tablet with 3D Sensors
New tablet is Nvidia-powered, can see the world in 3D.
Google has a new tablet in the works, and the hardware is capable of seeing the world in 3D.
The Project Tango tablet shares some similarities with the similarly-named Project Tango smartphone, but it's newer, and packs more powerful hardware under the hood.
Developed by Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, the seven-inch tablet has 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of flash storage, and a brand new Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, making it one of the most powerful ARM-based tablets around. LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth are also on-board.
But what really makes the Project Tango tablet special is the sensor suite adorning the chassis. Included on the tablet's back are a 170-degree motion-tracking camera, a second large format 4 MP camera (similar to the camera found on the HTC One m8), and a separate depth sensor. The front has its own 120-degree camera.
The motion-tracking sensor would offer an experience similar to that found with Microsoft's Kinect sensor, allowing for plenty of development opportunity on the augmented reality front, among other things. Even if you ignore the tracking and camera hardware, the tablet's hardware makes it one of the most powerful slates around.
Unfortunately, there's no word on consumer availability quite yet, although there is a signup for developers. More information on the tablet, and the developer program, should come to light at Google's annual IO conference, happening later this month. I wouldn't be surprised if all attendees got one of the tablets, as Google usually dishes out tons of free hardware at the conference.
What I want is the ability to quickly create 3D enviorments, something like what those Farm 51 guys teased about.
I wish that some day Google does what it did with Google Street and create 3D cities with some decent level of quality.