Google Project Tango Could Be the Best Smartphone Ever Made

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With all of the new handsets and their respective prices, spec and release dates all being announced at Mobile World Congress 2014 (MWC 2014) in Barcelona, Spain this week, it would be easy to overlook Google’s project Tango, a formidable handset that isn’t actually a realistic handset offering at all, as it is still very much in its prototype stage.

But this is Google that we’re talking about and their past projects include Project Loon (something that brings Internet access to remote areas via balloons), and they are also currently working on a project that will bring driverless cars to our streets. Both are projects which have very much come to fruition, so with that said, it might be worth marvelling at the mighty specs that Google’s Project Tango (might) have in store for us.

The standout feature of Google’s future phone is that it’s equipped with several cameras and sensors that allow the phone to sense the environment that it’s in and the world around its user. As this is a prototype that is relatively untested by those outside of Google (although Google are looking to have the phone handed out to developers by the middle of March) we don’t really know what that means for new features, but early suggestions say that the phone could be used for alternate reality gaming in which the world is a playground that the phone can somehow make use of.

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It’s also being suggested that (on a slightly more mundane scale) better mapping features will be available, meaning that the user can navigate the world far better with the phone as a navigational tool rather than being able to show you as a pinpoint in Google traditional map interface.

Project Tango “strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision, enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences – including 3D scanning, indoor navigation and immersive gaming” says Johnny Lee, the technical program lead at ATAP (the division of Google that’s working on Project Tango). While Lee has certainly spoken of some interesting possibilities for the phone, we’ll have to wait some time to see the phone in action if Google does decide to retail Project Tango any time soon or if it will stay as a prototype for a while.

Source: TechCrunch

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