There are strange times we live in, technologically speaking. Yesterday, we told you about the professed Amazon 3D smartphone, a device which has been long – expected and rumored.
Although we don’t know for sure that on July 18 we will definitely see the world’s first glass – free 3D smartphone, it is clear we will see something big. Why else would Jeff Bezos make so much fuss about the mystery event and revealing?
A day after Amazon made available the teaser trailer for their new product and the website displayed the invitation request form, Google unveiled the Project Tango tablet prototype.
As you guessed, it is 3D, with motion – sensing capabilities and a lot of interesting features. And because Google just couldn’t let Amazon to enjoy its place in the spotlight, it also invites developers to get their hands on the prototype and work on it.
But those familiar with Project Tango already know that in February Google announced a 3D – sensor enabled smartphone as the first device to roll out of their “factory”. You know what they say, it takes two to tango, so now we are on the verge of discovering the Project Tango tablet.
The 7-inch tablet will have 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and come equipped with multiple cameras, including one with motion-tracking capabilities, and a depth sensor. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and will be powered by NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor.
The existence of the Project Tango is beautifully motivated on the specially dedicated website of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group
As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen. The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
Developers interested in the subject will have to spend around $1,000 on the prototype. A limited number of the Project Tango tablet will be delivered to those who sign up and pay the price. It seems that the device will be showcased at Google I/O later this month. Developers can sign up to receive news regarding the availability of the Project Tango tablet Development Kit, while ATAP urges them to come up with applications
that track full 3-dimensional motion and capture surfaces in the environment
Is the Project Tango tablet be able to offer the end-users unlimited access to all Amazon database and especially Kindle – based products? Probably not, but it will be fun to watch the competition between the two 3D devices. Stay tuned, even weirder times are coming!