Google Tango

Industrial Design / Engineering
Project Description
Google Tango® is an augmented reality based Android tablet that contains customized hardware, an array of sensors, and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. The embedded sensors allow the device to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, and combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around it. This arrangement allows users to create experiences such as indoor navigation, 3D mapping, augmented reality, physical space measurement, and environment recognition in a virtual world. The aim of this research study is to investigate the scope and accuracy of Google Tango® tablet for generating 3D point cloud based scans that could be used for schematic designing, space management, and for renovations and retrofitting planning.
Project Overview
Tango (formerly named Project Tango, while in testing) was an augmented reality computing platform. It used computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals. This allowed application developers to create user experiences that include indoor navigation, 3D mapping, physical space measurement, environmental recognition, augmented reality, and windows into a virtual world.
Project Approach
Speck Design created a user-intuitive tablet experience that changes the way we interact with smart technology. Project Tango uses computer vision to locate its position relative to its surrounding environment. This 7" tablet can perceive depth, shapes, and objects, similar to the way that humans see the world. These physical relationships are an essential part of how we move through our daily lives.
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