We’ve written about Google’s Project Tango a few times this year, but for those drawing a blank, it encompasses 3D environment mapping technology for smartphones and tablets.
The technology is still at a relatively early stage at the moment, but word from Google I/O 2014 suggests we’ll see a consumer Project Tango tablet next year, from none other than LG.
The Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group worries that current mapping technology will guide you somewhere, but ultimately leave you to find your own way around when you get there.
And while I admittedly scoff at the notion of humans becoming even more reliant on technology (what happened to just wandering around and finding your bearings?), I do love the notion of Project Tango allowing the visually impaired to “navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places”. Nice.
"Imagine if the directions to your destination didn’t stop at the front door, but to tell you exactly where to go and what to do," yells program lead Johnny Lee.
"The compute is here. The compute is genuinely here to do amazing things with our devices. What’s missing is the hardware and the software."
Fast-forward to 2015, however, and that hardware will be provided by Google’s mate LG, which has of course churned out the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones.
Again, I can’t say I see the consumer appeal in this, but with former DARPA director Regina Elvira Dugan at the helm, it’s freakin’ happening one way or another.