Google’s 3D Smartphone: Project Tango

Google’s Project Tango is putting 3D Point Cloud capture into a smartphone, reports PhoneArena. Using an advanced custom-made processor and Kinect-like infrared cameras, the smartphone can make 3D indoor maps quickly and easily.

iFixit got their hands on a Project Tango device and gave it their usual teardown treatment to expose its internals. They found it contained:

  • Snapdragon 800 quad core CPU with 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB internal storage, expandable by microSD
  • 5″ LCD screen
  • 9 axis accelerometer/gyroscope/compass
  • The depth-sensing array: an infrared projector, 4 MP rear-facing RGB/IR cameras and a 180º field of view fisheye rear-facing camera

An infrared projector creates a grid of dots. The IR cameras sense depth by dot size.

Perhaps 3D photography and 3D printing will soon become common with computational photography. It may also indicate a working relationship between Google and Amazon, which is rumored to be developing a similar 3D phone.

It may be especially useful for the robot revolution and killer cyborgs. But whether their Cisco and Huawei routers could be freely hacked by anyone is still unknown.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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