If, like me, you’ve completely forgotten what Google’s Project Tango is all about, you might want to check out this Mobo-news slice from back in February. Er, penned by me. Ahem.
Essentially the technology will map the world around you in 3D, and while it’s already made its way into developer smartphones, we’re hearing that it’s coming soon to slightly larger devices.
We’re perusing a Lorraine Luk article over on The Wall Street Journal, which credits “people briefed on the company's plans” – the “company” in question being Google.
The 7in Project Tango tablet will come equipped with two rear cameras, infrared depth sensors and “advanced software” that can capture the world around you in three glorious dimensions.
What’s the point? Well, in Google’s words: “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.”
In practical terms, that means you can map the dimensions of your home before heading off to Ikea for furniture and meatballs, or perhaps track products to exact superstore shelves.
And if you’re not impressed by technology for technology’s sake, Project Tango will also allow the visually impaired to “navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places”. Now that we like.
But before you get too excited about Project Tango tablets, they’ll initially make their way into developer hands, much like Project Tango smartphones and good old Google Glass.
We expect we’ll hear more about Project Tango tablets at Google I/O 2014, which this year runs June 25-26.