Project Tango, a Google research project aimed at making gadgets aware of 3D space, has produced a new prototype that fits into a slim tablet form factor. Google intends to ship these out to developers later this year for $1,024, and have opened up a page where you can sign up for notifications. This bad boy packs some serious horsepower, including an NVIDIA K1 chip, a 7-inch 1080p display, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, USB 3.0, and, of course, running Android 4.4. The real party's in the back, though. There you'll find a 4 megapixel camera with a massive sensor, a dedicated motion sensing camera, and depth sensor.

Project Tango supports early-stage APIs so developers can use position, orientation, and depth data for Android apps written in Java, C/C++, and Unity. The new tablet follows on the heels of a relatively chunkier smartphone that made its debut in February.

We expected something like this was in the works, and there's certainly a Google Glass exclusivity vibe to how this rollout is happening, but even based on sheer looks and specs alone, this prototype looks very, very attractive. It'll be great to see what developers think about doing with it, and we've already seen a lot of potential with products like Occipital's Structure attachment. 3D printing, building room blueprints, and augmented reality games are just some of the areas to explore.

Anybody interested in keeping tabs on the device and potentially snagging one can sign up at the Project Tango site here. What would you guys like to see from a tablet that has full three-dimensional awareness? Consumers, is this a tablet you'd be willing to drop $1,024 for?

Source: Project Tango Via: Engadget

 

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Project Tango Tablet Development Kit available from Google later this year

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I wonder if the apps used will be optimized to use CUDA since the K1 has CUDA cores.
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I think it's safe to assume so as this is a developer device and they're gonna want the most potential squeezed out of this device

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Would this be more of a reference device for manufacturers in the future, or is Google going to actually sell these things to consumers at some point?

From the Project Tango page: "These development kits are not a consumer device and will be available in limited quantities."  I'm sure they'll be looking to incorporate the 3D sensing capabilities in future consumer devices, but we won't be seeing that from this tablet.