Google Introduces Project Tango Tablet Development Kit with NVIDIA

June 5, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Earlier this year, Project Tango was announced. And it’s some crazy project from Google to help with mapping stuff. Now Google and NVIDIA have partnered together to bring us another 7-inch tablet powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 that NVIDIA announced at CES back in January of this year. The tablet also features 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s only for developers, so that means they won’t be making a ton of them, it’ll also cost about $1024. Still cheaper than Google Glass. It is a cutting edge piece of technology and one we’d definitely like to try out, take a look at the video at the end of this post and see what it’s all about.

You can sign up to learn more from Google’s ATAP site – which that group of individuals are actually being kept at Google after the Motorola Sale. Google is only planning to make about 4,000 of these tablets, so if you’re a developer that’s interested, now is the time to sign up for more information so you can save your spot. We have the full press release from NVIDIA down below.

Google’s new Project Tango Tablet Developers’ Kit puts powerful new capabilities in the hands of those ready to harness the promise of computer vision.

Fast-forwarding Google’s Project Tango from experimental device to developer kit, the tablet incorporates cameras optimized for computer vision, advanced sensor fusion algorithms and integrated depth sensing tools, as well as the NVIDIA Tegra K1 mobile processor. As a result, it can understand space and motion the way humans do, enabling interior spaces to be quickly mapped in three dimensions, allowing the creation of applications that blend real and virtual objects.

Game developers could, for example, use it to paint a 3D virtual battlefield in your living room. Or create large scale virtual and augmented reality experiences. Real estate companies could build interactive, 360-degree “fly-through” tours. Interior designers could scan a client’s home and test design ideas, such as moving walls or inserting furniture. Retailers can guide the user to specific places or products.

All these applications are a perfect match for general purpose GPU computing, which takes the parallel architecture of GPUs and puts it to work solving some of the world’s toughest problems. And because our Kepler GPU architecture is already used in PCs, workstations, and supercomputers, the tools needed to put Tegra K1 to work are already here.

The Tango devkit is the first mobile device to move computer vision out of the research lab and to be widely distributed to mobile developers. It’s also the first device to overcome previous limitations on computing power and inadequate algorithms and standard sensors.

At the heart of the devkit is Tegra K1, whose 192 programmable GPU cores deliver the world’s most advanced mobile graphics and performance. Those cores use the same efficient Kepler architecture found in the world’s most powerful supercomputers and workstations. Putting that technology into a mobile chip makes computer vision applications portable, affordable, and easy to build.

The Project Tango Tablet Developers’ Kit will come with everything developers need to unlock that power. It packs a 7-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage. It will run Google’s KitKat Android operating system. And it will support some of the most recent features in the mobile market, like OpenGL 4.4. Available to developers later this year, the Project Tango Tablet Developer’s Kit will be priced around $1,000.

– See more at: http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/06/05/project-tango-tegra-tk1/#sthash.oKIWL8sY.dpuf