A small group of engineers ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) at Google is developing advanced technologies. Today, she presented her new project Tango
. This is a very beautiful building technology 3D-model of the surrounding space with your smartphone.
ATAP group has designed a 5-inch smartphone, equipped with a stereo camera, sensors and software that track the position of your smartphone in 3D-space, as well as scan the world in real time at a rate of 250 thousand. Measurements per second. All this is combined into a single 3D-model with a unique processor Myriad 1
, developed by startup Movidius.
When the model is ready, the phone can continuously determine your location within it. On the basis of this model, you can create interesting game where virtual objects in a smartphone combined with real objects of reality. For example, you can play on your smartphone football, beating the ball away from the wall of his apartment. Or operate this robot in the next room, moving it to 3D-model of the room. Or play hide and seek with the animated characters in their own home. In general, opportunities open up incredible.
One can imagine that using crowdsourcing users make a comprehensive 3D-model of the world - and everyone will be able to easily navigate in space anywhere in the world, in any building.
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In the coming months ATAP intend to release an SDK for creating programs on the new equipment. The first 200 devices send out developers after March 14th. To participate in the program, you need to come up with an interesting application in the field of navigation indoor games for one or more players or data processing algorithms with sensors Tango.
The phone runs on Android, so the API to access the information on the orientation, positioning and distance to the object, you can use the standard Android-applications written in Java, C / C ++, as well as the game engine Unity. The first version of the algorithm and API will soon finish, but the project and then remain in the status of the experiment.