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Project Tango is Giving Mobile Devices a Sense of Space and Motion (Video)

Roblimo posted about a month ago | from the my-smart-phone-is-already-smarter-than-most-people dept.

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Project Tango is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), which Wikipedia says was "...formerly a division of Motorola." Tango's goal is "to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion." We humans and our forebears have spent millions of years learning to sense our surroundings, not as a set of static 2D images, but in 3D with motion. This YouTube video starring Johnny Lee, the Tango project lead Tim interviewed at Google I/O 2014, gives you some decent insight into Project Tango's goals -- in addition to our video, that is. (Alternate Slashdot Video Link)

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16 comments

Repent the end is nigh! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47371835)

These devices are planted by belzebub. Take Jesus into your heart or perish!

Re:Repent the end is nigh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47371861)

Correct my brother! The end commeth! Neanderthals were planted by the goat headed dark lord!

Hmm (-1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about a month ago | (#47371867)

Will they understand their surroundings when they get shoved up his ass?

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47371935)

You smug coward will cry out "I was wrong" in the final days.

TRANSCRIPT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47371915)

Hold on, it's coming. Hold on, it's nearly here. Sing it [youtube.com] !

Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47371965)

Not a single story I give a dang about on Slashdot today. This place is falling apart.

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47372313)

Grow up. Either curse or don't. Perhaps you think you can trick people/gods by changing a letter or two?

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47372673)

No one gives a fug what you think, craphead.

Why don't they do something really worthwhile (1)

company suckup (1351563) | about a month ago | (#47371967)

and give touch-screen keyboards the same feel as using a real keyboard?

Re:Why don't they do something really worthwhile (1)

Beck_Neard (3612467) | about a month ago | (#47372367)

As far as google is concerned, you're going to be using voice commands anyway.

You need to have the Adobe Flash Player... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47372011)

You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content.

Better quality more lag (1)

djscoumoune (1731422) | about a month ago | (#47372267)

Compared to their previous video, the density of the 3d scan is better though it doesn't really put textures. But for games there's so much delay when he moves forward to push that blue button, and also it smooths the motion so much i really doubt it can be used especially in a controller. I can't see it used in something better than a Kinect Joy Ride 2.0. There are already low quality lidars for vacuum cleaners (like neato xv11) than can be used to do that better, and this summer there's the Lidar Lite that's out so we'll see how it compares. But I don't have hopes for the project tango.

Re:Better quality more lag (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a month ago | (#47373497)

half of that delay is probably from wirelessly casting video from tablet to that TV

Christ... (1)

OakDragon (885217) | about a month ago | (#47372277)

article a video [theonion.com]

why not digitize the entire human world? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47373083)

Make every mobile device with a built in, always-on Kinect, and have all the data transmitted to a server farm, stitched together and made available, with some limitations of course for privacy's sake. With enough computing horsepower you could ask your personal assistant app where something was in your house, and it could tell you. A dumb example, yeah, but the data from such a technology would be priceless and universally useful, to put it mildly.

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