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Google set to release new futuristic 3D imaging tablet

Google has announced the development of its first 3D imaging tablet.

Sources close to the tech giant told the Wall Street Journal this week that the slate will have a wealth of advanced tech, including two rear-facing cameras, a 7in screen and advanced imaging software that can capture 3D pictures of objects.

4,000 of these prototype tablets are rumoured to be in production from the beginning of next month.

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Android-based Project Tango is an ongoing research project, part of the company's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, which released a prototype smartphone with Project Tango 3D technology under limited release in February with similar tech specs to the upcoming device.

Limited releases aren't unusual for Google, as a similar launch was given to Glass. Specifically for developers, ideas for software and hardware can be sent to ATAP for the chance to get one of these limited products. This is in stark contrast to Apple, which keeps its products under wraps until a worldwide launch.

Google speculates that the technology of the smartphone, the tablet and future products developed under the ATAP name could be used for improved immersive gaming, more photo-realistic mapping in real-time and better navigation for the visually-impaired.

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On the Project Tango site, Google claims that "the goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion."

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