Google is rumored to be building a prototype Android Smartphone which will be intelligent enough to learn and map the world around it.
Google may have sold its Motorola subsidiary but has retained a few ancillaries of the company. One of them is The Advanced Technology and Projects group. Google had sold its Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 billion but was clever enough to retain the premium division of Motorola. Google has just announced the Project Tango which envisages creating a Smartphone which could learn the dimensions of rooms and spaces by just moving the devices inside them.
The leader of Project Tango, Johnny Lee revealed that Project Tango will create a Smartphone which have a human-scale understanding of space and motion. The custom made 5 inch Android Smartphone will boast a 4 Megapixel Camera along with a motion tracking camera and also a depth sensing camera. The device will also have a pair of processors which will be adept for computer vision calculations. Google could be using Movidius’ Myriad 1 vision processor platform for Project Tango. These processors were incredibly expensive and drained the batteries. However the latest vision processors are cheaper and also require less power.
The cameras ensure the Smartphone to track motion and build a virtual 3D map using the 3D scanning. The Smartphone accomplishes this by tracking its absolute positions and orientation in 3D at an incredible rate of 250,000 times per second. It then makes a virtual 3D map of whatever it’s pointing at by using this data.
Google could be planning something big in the future and this could be one of the first steps in this direction. Google could be planning to utilize these 3D sensors coupled with advanced computer vision techniques which will open doors for better and newer innovations for indoor navigation games something akin to the Sony Kinect or Playstation Move into a smartphone.