Google is ready to let consumers get a piece of the Project Tango pie as it works with LG to release a commercial device at some point in 2015.
The partnership was revealed at Google I/O 2014 during a presentation by the firm’s Advanced Technology and Projects [ATAP] group, according to Slash Gear, and will result in a tablet or smartphone released under the Project Tango umbrella.
Very little is known about the device with its software engines the only small rumour so far mentioned in the shape of the Unity engine, Unreal Engine 4 and Qualcomm’s Vuforia platform for augmented reality.
Under the hood its likely there will be an NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset that is currently inside the Project Tango tablet handed out to developers. This works with a selection of custom sensors including depth sensors, broader lenses to give it peripheral vision, and higher-resolution cameras that provide the “foveal” central field of vision.
It’s still unclear what the form factor will be as Google’s first Project Tango prototype was a smartphone and its most recent is a 7in tablet, so consumers can expect anything between those two or something completely different.
Project Tango is a project that involves putting 3D computer vision technology inside a smartphone to allow the user to create a full 3D map of the environment involved. Devices already released to developers include the cameras mentioned above in addition to two computer vision coprocessors called the Myriad 1 from Movidious.
Those two processors, along with two additional camera sensors, let the phone “make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.
In this way it has been compared by many to Microsoft’s Kinect technology and it’s rumoured that gaming will be the way that Google uses the data. Either way we will know more once the consumer product is released at some point in 2015.