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Google's Project Tango to build 3D tablet for $1,024

Google is looking to develop a tablet that can sense its environment and create a 3D map of its surroundings.
By Ananth Baliga   |   June 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM   |   Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 5 (UPI) -- Google's Project Tango will develop a tablet for $1,024 that will have a variety of sensors to transform its environment into a 3D rendering.

Project Tango released the Project Tango Tablet Developers kit, which is aimed at developing 3D applications, computer vision and advanced sensing tools. The kit, according to Google, will entice developers to create something thats "more than a touch screen app" and explore new mobile experience, specifically 3D imaging.

"These development kits are designed for professional developers interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing," Google writes.

The tablet will be sold by Google late June as a development kit -- it could be launched at Google I/O -- and will cost $1,024.

The tablet was made in partnership with Nvidia and includes a 7-inch display, a Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and LTE connectivity. The highlight of the tablet will be its camera and sensors that will be able to take measurements of the surroundings and build a map of indoor locations.

Project Tango, run under Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, recently unveiled a 3D smartphone at a very early stage of development but it seems like the group is very eager to bring the power of sensors to consumer phones.

The kit, like Google Glass, is, according to the company, "not a consumer device and will be available in limited quantities."

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