Project Tango has just run the new tablet in the line through the FCC certification process, so the new tablet developer’s kit for the project is on its way. Information is scarce, but the tablet will be the first of its kind to take advantage of Google’s 3D mapping technology.
Project Tango was announced by Google in May and the idea behind the project relies on 3D mapping technology. Project Tango was created as a developer’s kit for smartphones and tablets. What stands out in Project Tango is the fact that the tablets, phones and developer kits are equipped with 3D mapping technology. 3D sensors and computer vision chips work together so that the end result can fully display 3D technology.
Project Tango has been the talk of the town for a while, many saying that LG would be making the new tablet to be used in the project. New leaks have surfaced, though and through the FCC certification process, we can now estimate what the tablet will pack. Google has announced the release of a developer device earlier in June and that might just be the device that has shown up at FCC.
From the document, we learn the device’s model number: NX-74751, LTE bands (2, 4, 5, 7, 17) and the battery capacity of 2480 mAh at 7.6Vdc. The device will feature a 7 inch Full HD screen, as promised, an Nvidia Tegra K1 CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. We’ll also see USB 3.0, micro-HDMI and Android 4.4. KitKat on the list of specs and features, too. The Project Tango tablet has a front facing 120-degree camera, a rear mounted 4 MP camera complete with infrared functionality, a 170-degree motion tracking rear camera and an integrated depth sensor.
Project Tango was developed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group or ATAP in short and is set to revolutionize the industry with its high-tech mapping technology. ATAP declares that Project Tango doesn’t have only games and maps in mind, rather it wants to expand the technology in order to make devices fully understand the world around them. That technology could be used in industrial workplaces, office spaces, disaster situations and many more.
Developers will be able to get their hands on this device early in 2015 for around $1024, but we’re hoping that price will drop by the time Project Tango releases its new device. If not, the tablet will still be worth the cash since it’s among the most powerful devices out there, with specs rivaling those of laptops and desktop PCs. That’s not a surprising development, though, since 3D mapping hundreds of thousands of square miles can never be made easy.