News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday February 20, 2014.
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Why would you want to do this? I'm not exactly sure, but that's part of the fun. Google has created a reference design phone with this capability precisely to distribute it to developers and see how they are able to utilize the technology. The phone has a 4-megapixel camera, 2x computer vision processor, integrated depth sensing, and a motion tracking camera. The phone can track full 3D in real-time, so Google wants to see how people can create their own little Minecraft world or do something special like build navigation tools for people with visual impairments.
Project Tango is run by the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) at Google. ATAP is also the former Motorola department handling Project Ara, which Google chose to retain in its sale of Motorola to Lenovo. ATAP will release development kits to select people in the coming months, so interested developers can apply to be included.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.