Google Brings Project Tango To 12 More Countries


Google is taking its Project Tango global by making it available in twelve more countries outside the U.S. On Tuesday, the developer edition of its 3D-mapping tablet was available for sale in Canada and South Korea, and the remaining 10 countries will be getting the kit later in August.

Designed for developers

In the US, Project Tango was available for sale in May. Though the device is open for all, Google maintains that it has been designed for the developers. From August 26th, the gadget will be available in the remaining countries including Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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“Project Tango is a mobile platform that uses computer vision to give devices the ability to sense the world around them,” Google said in a blog post.

To create a virtual 3D map of the objects, Project Tango makes use of a depth sensing camera and few other technologies. The tool helps the developers in creating apps that make use of augmented reality and object tracking. Even the space agency NASA has used it to fly robots in space.

Google quiet on pricing details

On Tuesday, Google noted that it has sold over 3,000 tablets to developers, who have used them to create numerous apps to help users “explore the physical space around them, including precise navigation without GPS, windows into virtual 3D worlds, measurement of physical spaces, and games that know where they are in the room and what’s around them.” The Internet firm has updated the Project Tango’s software 13 times to add more features such as improved indoor navigation and GPS alignment, the company said. Though the search giant gave no information on the pricing of the tablet in the newly launched countries, in the US it is available for $512.

Google’s 3D-mapping tablet boasts of impressive specs including Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage along with a Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity. The gadget is equipped with 7-inch 1920 x 1200 display, and is powered by a 4960 mAh battery. Undoubtedly, the main attraction of the device is the 4-megapixel shooter at the back of the device, which can track motion in three dimensions along with capturing environmental effects.

Initially, the idea for the technology came from Google’s Advanced Technology and Project Group, and then in January, it was moved back into the company.