Google’s Project Tango Phone Renders Full 3D Maps, Here’s What They Look Like

February 21, 2014 - Written By Patrick Northcraft

Google is easily the king of innovation.  Now they are working on something that people did not expect to be available so quickly… 3D mapping technology.  Google’s new pet projected, called Project Tango, is a prototype 3D sensing smartphone that has the capacity to make full 3D maps of rooms and the like.  For this particular project, Google has opted to take on a few partners.  One of these partners, a firm called Matterport, is a computer vision and perceptual computing solutions producer that specializes in making maps and 3D reconstructions of locations.  Google gave this company a Project Tango prototype, and they have in turn released a preview of what the technology is capable of, showing a video that demonstrates a member of their team shooting with the phone and then showing us the 3D render of the room.  As you can see, the quality is pretty impressive considering that it is just a prototype, and considering that the device only has a 4MP camera on it.  The video shows us that this idea is a little more of a proof-of-concept, and there is some major potential here.  The device was able to capture both all the colors and the 3D rendering very effectively, which shows us that the technology is growing very, very quickly.

Of course, the model is not the sharpest image, that is because, as already stated, the prototype only had a 4MP camera on it.  We can only expect the image quality to improve as the technology becomes more refined and the devices more advanced.  Protect Tango has many possible uses, such as precise location awareness and identification, more immersive 3D  video games, and some more abstract things like perhaps making a virtual map of Wi-Fi signal strength.  Qualcomm will be including Matterport in their presentation at Mobile World Congress this week in Barcelona.  They will be featuring some of the 3D capture features and other pieces of software that the technology could be used for.  Are you looking forward to this new tech?  Have any ideas as to what it could be used for?  Let us know that as well as any other comments you might have down below!