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Google to Produce Project Tango Tablet in Limited Run for Developers

May 23, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

A little while ago, Google announced Project Tango and showed it off to the world. A strange device that was essentially an Android smartphone plastered with sensors to record all sorts of data. With Project Tango, it looks like Google’s getting to know 3D imaging a lot more. Project Tango uses a number of sensors in order to create a 3D image of your surroundings, by pooling info from a pair of cameras and infrared sensors. Just what Google intends to do with Project Tango in the future is unclear, but it could have a massive effect on smartphone photography as well as how we map out our surroundings in the future.

The prototype Project Tango device is a fairly basic 5-inch smartphone with lots of sensors on board and now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is to do the same with a 7-inch Android tablet. Sources that have been apparently briefed by Google have told the WSJ that 4,000 of these prototype devices will be given to developers to find a use for the technology. This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Google has done something like this, after all the Glass program started out like this. Just like the Project Tango smartphone, the tablet would ship with a pair of cameras, infrared sensors and depth sensors in order to capture detailed 3D imagery of objects.

Google has previously said that the technology could come to the aid of the visually impaired and possibly be used for video games in the future. With no more info to go on other than a tablet is apparently being worked on, we’re unsure as to whether or not info of this device will be made public. However, we’re more than likely going to be hearing more on Project Tango and the work of the Advanced Technology and Projects group during Google I/O later this year.