Google’s Project Tango prototype smartphone announced

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Google has announced its new venture Project Tango today, a smartphone and developer kit that integrates 3D sensors allowing the device to learn and map the world around it. “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” explained Jonny Lee of the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) – Project Tango Team.

The current 5-inch Android smartphone prototype is being put into the hands of developers. The device is said to contain custom hardware and software designed to not only track motion, but build a visual map using 3D scanning of its environment.