Google’s Next Tablet Will Have 3D Vision Technology
Google is planning to release a tablet with “advanced vision capabilities,” which will use two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and software to capture 3D images of objects and rooms, according to a report. It will also have a 7-inch screen.
The Wall Street Journal cites “people briefed on the company’s plans” in its report, who claim Google plans to produce 4,000 of the prototype tablets next month. The tablets, which are part of Project Tango, could be released ahead of Google’s I/O conference, which is scheduled for the end of June.
Project Tango, which Google announced in February, is a 3D sensor-enabled smartphone designed to help the visually impaired navigate their surroundings and to help create more immersive video games. At the time, Google unveiled a Project Tango smartphone capable of taking a quarter of a million measurements per second.
“The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” Johnny Lee, technical program lead of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group, wrote in a Google+ post announcing the venture. Google plans to release a small amount of the phones — and now, perhaps, tablets — to developers.