Report claims Google working on "Project Tango" 3D mapping tablet

In February, Google officially announced "Project Tango", which centers on developing a smartphone that contains sensors made to map the space around it in 3D. Now Project Tango is reportedly diversifying its hardware efforts and a tablet version is said to be in development as well.

The Project Tango smartphone was first revealed by Google in February.

The Wall Street Journal, which cites unnamed sources, claims that the 7-inch tablet will have two rear cameras and infrared depth sensors that will allow the device to map 3D objects in the real world. The report says that Google will make 4,000 of the prototype tablets that will be send to developers in June so they can work on creating applications that will use the 3D mapping hardware. June also happens to be the month when Google will hold its annual I/O conference.

While Google has not stated when the first Project Tango devices will be made available to the general public, the company is lending two of its smartphone prototypes to NASA as part of a robot testing program on board the International Space Station. The phones were supposed to be sent to the ISS this month but there's no word on whether or not that has been accomplished yet.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Google

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Can't wait till we get something like prometheus where we can map places we don't know! In terms of privacy, it's gone, we're like the old generation who hate moving to new things now

Its not gone, You just have to protect your own privacy
I do it every day no thanks to "we want your real name" Google. "to use our services you must join our datamining machin- errrr social network blarrrrg"

You accuse people of being asleep and yet believe privacy is not already gone because you chose to not complete online forms or join Facebook. Thanks for the lolz!

Yey, not really. just another way for google to get your data. Think of the all encompassing data it can gather by analyzing objects IN and around your home, offices etc ..
google can learn and profile your entire lifestyle right or wrongly, all valuable data to them.
and ALL about targeting you with products and ads and predicting

I can't believe people are this keen on giving up their privacy over toys

Edited by dingl_, May 25 2014, 2:10am :

You give up your privacy when you walk out the front door...or login to your computer.

And we get it, you dont like Google and the paranoia is amusing. But all you are doing is accusing a company of doing something when it hasn't and putting out a bunch of assumptions. Yes, Google searches emails to deliver ads and they were open with that. And yet, lots still use and like their products even after all those "successful" adverts by MS.

Now, back to updating my Surface Pro, backing up my LG G2, while streaming a video from my Nexus 7 to my Xbox One.

Edited by techbeck, May 25 2014, 5:15am :

dingl_ said,
Yey, not really. just another way for google to get your data. Think of the all encompassing data it can gather by analyzing objects IN and around your home, offices etc ..
google can learn and profile your entire lifestyle right or wrongly, all valuable data to them.
and ALL about targeting you with products and ads and predicting

I can't believe people are this keen on giving up their privacy over toys

Isn't this just a like portable version of Kinect?