Google announced a new project yesterday, called Project Tango it is a prototype Android smartphone that can learn about and map the world that surrounds it, ready for developers to create cool stuff, Google says that the smartphone can learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around the room that surrounds it, and can even figure out the shape of your home or business.

Google says that the smartphone could even give precise directions to a given point within these mapped environments.

To do this, the Tango devices use motion tracking cameras and a depth sensor on the back, with sensor that can detect the orientation of what’s in front of it, and create a 3D map of its surroundings, aiming to create more detailed indoor maps.

Google says that it wants to use this technology to allow developers to create mapping tools, games, and new algorithms that take advantage of the phone’s sensors, shipping out dev units by March 14th.

The project comes from the Advanced Technology and Projects group that was one of the remaining pieces from the Motorola sell-off.

Source: Project Tango

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