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Google unveils prototype 3D-mapping tablet that can sense its surroundings

The Project Tango tablet prototype will be made available to those attending Google’s developer conference later this month and will cost €750.

Image: Google ATAP/YouTube

GOOGLE HAS REVEALED its Project Tango tablet which features 3D mapping and computer sensing and plans to release the developer version late this month.

The 7-inch tablet, which will cost $1,024 (€750) and has 128GB of storage, will feature a software kit that will provide developers with tools to build apps with the technology.

Much like its smartphone equivalent, the tablet is equipped with multiple cameras and depth sensors, has 4GB of RAM and uses Nvidia’s new Tegra K1 mobile processor to power it.

Those attending the company’s annual developer conference Google I/O, which will take place later this month, will have the first chance to purchase one of the tablets.

The tablet is part of Project Tango, an initiative which was launched by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group in February.

By developing realistic mapping and virtual experiences for smartphones and tablets, it could allow the visually-impaired to navigate unfamiliar indoor places unassisted, help customers find specific products in stores or play next-generation games that use your environment.

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Google distributed 200 Project Tango smartphones to developers, but plans to get the tablets out to a wider audience of developers. It’s expected that 4,000 prototypes will be made available as part of the project.

Source: Google ATAP/YouTube

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