Google May Launch Advanced Project Tango Tablets at I/O


Google’s recently revealed Project Tango smartphone is designed to let you see the world like never before, and now the tech is coming to tablets. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is prepping 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets, complete with 3D imaging capabilities, in time for next month’s Google I/O conference in San Francisco. 

Google’s advanced 7-inch tablet will sport dual rear cameras and infrared sensors, which will work in conjunction with the Project Tango software to create detailed 3D images of your surrounding environment. The concept was originally demoed on a 5-inch smartphone with a 4-MP shooter, a motion tracking camera and an integrated depth sensor. We’re not sure how the tablet version will differ spec-wise, but the larger display would provide a better view of any 3D-mapped images created by the user. 

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 According to Google’s original announcement video, some of the use cases for Tango include mapping out your living room for interactive games or furniture shopping, as well as being able to find the location of a particular item the second you step foot in a store. The California search giant has already begun distributing dev kits for developers who want to create apps for Project Tango.

Google has yet to make an official announcement regarding a Project Tango tablet, nor has it mentioned when we can expect the smartphone or tablet versions to be commercially available. We expect to learn more at Google’s I/O developer conference, which kicks off June 25 in San Francisco. 

Sources: The Wall Street Journal/Google

Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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