The project Tango is a concept developed by Google which explores the possibilities of a 3D mapping an environment, including interiors, using tablets and smartphones with a wide-angle photo module enriched with a depth sensor to take into account the relief.
The tablet prototype had been offered to developers in the United States, but the Mountain View group is now expanding the availability of the development kit in Canada and South Korea, before extending it to ten countries, including France, the August 26.
The development kit is for developers who want to create applications that take advantage of this specific hardware. The base is a compact 7 inch 1920 x 1200 pixel tablet with a processor Tegra K1 NVidia with 192 Cuda cores and associated with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space.
The rear photo module is 4 megapixels but with large pixels (2 µm) and RGB-IR type. The potential applicatons are numerous, from the mapping of an interior space to navigation without GPS passing by the playful aspects which can take into account the nearby environment.
Google says it already has more than 3000 developers in the United States which have created several hundred applications. With the opening to new markets and a price halved recently, at $ 512, the adventure of the Tango Project has only just begun …