What can Project Tango be used for?

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Google announced that it has been working on Project Tango, an ability to capture 3D environments using a smartphone. That’s neat, I suppose, but what practical uses does it have?

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jimlynch
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Google announces Project Tango, a smartphone that can map the world around it
http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/20/5430784/project-tango-google-prototype...

"Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it's ready to get the phone into developers' hands to see what the technology is capable of. Google says that the phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of them — walking around your bedroom, for example, would help the phone learn the shape of your home. The hope is that by creating a robust map of the world, Google's phone could eventually give precise directions to any given point that needs to be reached."

Christopher Nerney
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Google has a page here (including a video) explaining the basics of Project Tango. The project team is just now releasing SDKs to the developer community. Once third-party developers start turning out apps, then we'll really begin discovering the potential of 3D technology in smartphones. 

 

But Google does suggest some potential uses:

 

What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping?

What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address?

What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building?

What if the visually-impaired could navigate unassisted in unfamiliar indoor places?

What if you could search for a product and see where the exact shelf is located in a super-store?

Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character, or transforming the hallways into a tree-lined path. Imagine competing against a friend for control over territories in your home with your own miniature army, or hiding secret virtual treasures in physical places around the world?                   

 

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