Developers can apply to receive one of 200 prototype units to build software for
Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a small group of engineers inside the company dedicated to new and exciting projects, has announced its latest effort in the smartphone space — Project Tango. ATAP has been working with devices that leverage dozens of different sensors to monitor everything around you in brilliant 3D imagery. Not to be confused with Project Ara, Project Tango is coming from both a hardware and software perspective specifically focused on sensors and data collection.
"The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion."
The end result is a 5-inch phone development prototype that takes advantage of their latest technologies — multiple cameras to monitor space, dozens of sensors to pinpoint the device's location and software that maps the world around it. Google ATAP sees this technology being useful for a wide variety of applications, from helping visually impaired people navigate the world to simply mapping a room for renovations or even gaming.
Starting today, developers will have the opportunity to apply and receive one of 200 available Project Tango development phones so that they can begin building software that takes advantage of the sensors and capabilities of the device. Developers will be chosen and devices will be sent out by March 14th, 2014.