Will Google Make Your Cell Phone Sentient? (Video)

February 24, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Google’s Advanced Technology and Products team is working on a new project with the aim of giving mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Currently, a mobile device does not know anything about its surroundings. Project Tango will change that.

The team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision. The cell phone’s technology, now in prototype, allows it to receive input from the environment and create a 3D image of its surroundings on the go. The sensors make over a quarter million 3D measurement every single second updating the position and rotation of the device.

The implications of this technology range from gaming, to helping the blind, to design and more. Over the next few months prototypes will be distributed to software developers to develop applications for it. To find out more, and to apply for a development kit visit http://g.co/ProjectTango.