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Google's Project Tango camera specs revealed

Google's Project Tango phone will be capable of generating 3D-maps of its surroundings.

We recently reported on Project Tango, an initiative within Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) that looks at 3D-mapping of spaces with smartphones. In practice, this means Tango devices could have the ability to 3D-scan their surroundings and use the captured data to generate 3D-maps, virtual environments or even game scenarios. You could measure the dimensions of your home before you go out furniture shopping, navigate the interior of buildings or see the exact location of a product on its shelf in a store, all on your smartphone. 

The issue tracker item details the Tango phone's camera specifications.

Google is planning to distribute an early prototype device to developers, and today some additional detail about the phone's camera specification was revealed. discovered Project Tango on the Google Chrome issue tracker. Developers are planning to add support for the Tango phone to Google's Chrome browser and the issue tracker item lists some of the device's specification. It says it will feature a standard 4MP color backside camera,  a 180-degree field of view fisheye camera,  a 320×180@5Hz depth camera  and a front camera with a 120-degree field of view, which according to the item, is similar to the field of view of the human eye. 

We already knew from the previous announcement that the Tango phone has a 5-inch screen, is running Android and is capable of tracking its full 3D motion and simultaneously creating a map of its surroundings. The sensors in the phone capture over a quarter million 3D measurements per second and the device's position and orientation is updated in real-time and the data combined into a 3D-model.




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And I laughed it off several years ago when Batman did exactly this in The Dark Knight...

Edward Snow

This thing would be invaluable to any Architect or Engineer who has to measure up a building prior to a remodeling. A several hour job (sometime quite miserable) with tape and sketch pad. Also would allow clients to do there own measuring, saving 8 hours (minimum) in fees. Either way a great time saving idea from Google.


NSA with know every millimeter of your home...

Joe Ogiba

I guess there must be at least a million people working at the NSA to know everything about every human in the US. Watch out for the black helicopters.

AV Janus

I cant say i can see a real world use for this.
Except that it might come in handy fot the SWAT team when they come braking into your house under no knock policy.
I am sure google will supply them with 3d map of your place...

O maybe google can analize your appartment and suggest where to arange things to ne more optimal...

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This is awesome.


Looks interesting, though a specialist application for now. The software to take advantage of the 'stereo' hardware is the really clever stuff. When you've got $billions in the bank, why not spend a little developing new technology. Today's novelty is tomorrow's everyday item :-)

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Excellent. How have we survived all these years without this?

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You don't go out much, do you?

Rocky Mtn Old Boy

@ straylightrun
Not that I am a huge fan of sarcasm, but at least I know it to see it, lol.

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I think I'll check on this story a few times today just so that I can follow this thread.

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