Earlier this year, Google introduced us to Project Tango, an Android-powered smartphone that contained multiple sensors for creating 3D maps. Today that project is expanding to include a 7-inch tablet.
Google today outed the Project Tango tablet, a developer device that can capture images of the environment around it and map that area out in 3D. It can also be used for gaming to create 3D areas that help to immerse players in the gaming experience.
Any developers who want to tinker with the Project Tango tablet can register their interest starting today. Google will then select devs and allow them to pre-order the device later this month for a cool $1,024. In exchange for that cash, devs will receive a device with the following specs:
- 7-inch 1080p display
- Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
- Two rear cameras: 4-megapixel shooter with sensor that’s super sensitive to light, second camera with 170-degree wide-angle lens
- Depth sensor
- Front camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens
- 4GB of RAM
- 128GB of storage
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE
- USB 3.0, micro-HDMI ports
We’re likely still a ways off from seeing this Project Tango tech in consumer-ready products, but the potential that it has is still exciting. The tablet could be especially handy for folks, giving them a larger screen to read maps on and a big hunk of hardware to grip while they’re using it.