Google’s Project Tango Brings Experimental 3D Sensors, Navigation to Smartphones

Fast on the heels of Google Glass is Google’s latest hardware experiment, a 3D enabled smartphone capable of 3 dimensional scanning and navigation. It’s likely to be the future of Google Glass capabilities.

Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

For now, the Android prototypes are available to 200 lucky engineers with a vision for the products – think, indoor navigation for the vision impaired, 3D mapping for interior designerss, or virtual reality gaming interface like the Star Trek holodeck. It’s too small of a screen to simulate a convincing virtual reality experience, but as a precursor to Google Glass, it’s infinitely exciting.

Engineers interested in being one of the lucky 200 must submit an application for consideration. The units will be distributed by March 14, 2014, so hurry.