Google unveiled a prototype smartphone with “customised hardware and software” that allows users to create 3D maps of their surroundings.The new smartphone has capabilities that enable it to update its position in real time and capture over 250,000 3D measurements every second. Beyond that, Google also said that it is looking to add applications such as indoor mapping, which would help the visually-impaired navigate unfamiliar indoor places unassisted. The phone was developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team as part of a project called Project Tango. “We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen,” Google said.
“The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.“We’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help bring those ideas into reality,” the company added.
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