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Google's 3D scanning camera leaves the lab

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Google's 3D scanning camera leaves the lab

Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release sometime this year.


By BD+C Staff | February 10, 2015
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Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. Image: Google

Google has released many revolutionary products over the years, and another one is on its way out of the lab. Project Tango, Google’s 3D scanning camera, was originally developed to bring 3D scanning capabilities to smartphones, according to the Independent. 

"Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment," according to the Project Tango website. "These sensors allow the device to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you."

Besides the obvious gaming capabilities, Google says the technology could allow people to give easy directions around a new building, or map out the dimensions of a home before buying furniture. The technology has obvious applications for the AEC market, such as punchlisting and augmented reality.

A special kit for developers has been released for Project Tango that allows engineers to develop apps using the technology. Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release sometime this year.

    

 

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