Recently, we have dedicated our blogs to Google’s moonshot thinking and some of the cool “behind the scenes” projects that Google is currently working on from hot air balloon Wi-Fi hotspots to self-driving cars. Once again, Google continues to amaze me with yet another life changing idea: Project Tango.
What is Project Tango? Google wanted to create a scenario where every time you take a picture with your mobile device, it captures more than just a 3-dimensional point and click result. What if, your mobile device was constantly surveying its surroundings for its own use? Project Tango involves the idea that a mobile device can become as self aware of its surroundings as a human being. The plan is to make your Android devices capable of scanning the area wherever you might be. Makes perfect sense, right? Let’s discuss Project Tango from a use case scenario.
You’ve saved up enough money to purchase a new home, congratulations! The next (fun) step, of course, is to walk through the house and figure out exactly where and how things are going to fit. Here is where your Android device could become a key tool to your move. If Project Tango becomes a reality, all you have to do is walk through your house with your phone in hand. Now, when you are out shopping for that new sofa/loveseat combination, you are easily able to see where and how that will fit in your home because your phone has recorded the dimensions and shapes of rooms you are considering placing the furniture in! Of course this is one very simple possibility of many but you can start to understand where this technology could go.
You can see why Google’s Project Tango has me so intrigued, and I hope it has opened your eyes to new, ingenious possibilities. If you are interested in this project and want to learn more, you can visit Google’s Project Tango page by clicking here.