Google Project Tango

Google Tango is a project that lets mobile devices see in 3D.  It lets it see sort of how we see except with a fisheye and put entire rooms into a 3D model, though it can do a whole lot more than just a room.  What you can actually with this tablet is, augment anything you want into reality through the screen.  You could turn a hallway into a forest path.  You could even use Google Cardboard or some other type of device headset to make a virtual reality headset.  You could scan your living room, go to the furniture store, scan a couch and see what it looks like in your house.  The possibilities are endless.

Now, you might be thinking that all those 3D models of houses and other places would take up a ton of space, well not to worry, the tablet has 128 gigabytes of storage.   While most tablets and smartphones have 1 or 2 gigabytes of RAM/memory (where your device stores images text or files that are in use), Tango has 4gb of RAM.  The CPU/processor (chip in tablets and computer that carry out instructions/do calculations, and is basically the brain) found in it is a Nvidia Tegra K1, which may be more than twice as powerful as other phone/tablet processors.  The reason I say may, is because the benchmarks (tests on things like graphics) vary in different devices because of different hardware.

The expected price is $1024, so maybe I won’t buy it at the moment.  The screen is 7 inches and the resolution is 1920×1200 which is HD.

The phone version of Tango went out of stock and they are now selling the tablet in batches to randomly selected people.  Here is a picture of both.

Project-Tango-Google copy Tango-Tablet_blk

Here is the site where you can find the device specs from Google.

Here are the specs in plain text from the above link:

Screen:

  • 7.02″ 1920×1200 HD IPS display (323 ppi)
  • Scratch-resistant Corning® glass

Dimensions: 119.77 x 196.33 x 15.36mm

Weight: 0.82 lbs (370 g)

Cameras:

  • 4 MP 2µm RGB-IR pixel sensor
  • 1 MP front facing, fixed focus

OS/Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat

Wireless:

  • 4G LTE
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • NFC (reader and peer to peer modes)

Audio Output:

  • Dual stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm audio connector (OMTP standard)

Memory:

  • 128 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 4 GB RAM

Ports:

  • USB 3.0 host via dock connector
  • Micro SD card
  • Nano SIM slot

Battery: 4960 mAH cell (2x 2480 cells)

Processor: NVIDIA Tegra K1 w/ 192 CUDA cores

Sensors:

  • Motion tracking camera
  • 3D depth sensing
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope