Intel showcased all the new products it is working on at its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. Among them was the Project Tango Developer Kit for smartphones using Intel’s RealSense technology, for which the chip maker is working with Google.
Intel RealSense technology to take Project Tango higher
Indoor navigation, area learning, virtual reality, 3D scanning, and many more features will be offered by the Android smartphone developer kit, which will feature Google’s Project Tango and be powered by RealSense technology from Intel. Google stressed that this will offer more opportunities to developers for creating new depth-sensing software for the Android smartphone developer kit. By the end of the year, the kit will become available to select Android developers, Intel confirmed.
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A prototype device was also showcased at the event by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. The prototype of the Android smartphone developer kit came with several cameras on the back panel. Discussing real-world uses of the Android smartphone developer kit, Krzanich suggested that users can 3D-scan objects at home before sending them for professional 3D printing. Google’s Project Tango “breaks the limits of what a phone can do,” claimed Krzanich.
“Robots have always been able to see, but RealSense is now giving them a 3D map of the world to navigate with,” he said.
Qualcomm also working on Project Tango
Google’s Project Tango will not be the first tablet to have Intel’s RealSense technology. The technology has already been made available to customers via the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet. As of now, Intel has not shared many details, but more information will be out once the release date approaches. The price is also not known, but developer kits are never cheap. Earlier this year, the Project Tango tablet was made available via the Google Store at $512.
Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) division handles Project Tango. Apps capable of tracking full 3D motion and recognizing the surfaces of nearby things can be created with the help of the development kits. A couple of months ago, Qualcomm revealed plans to work with Google to develop a Project Tango smartphone. The handset was announced to have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor.