Google’s Project Tango: It’s like Kinect in a phone but not just for fun and games


Don’t look now but Google’s(s goog) at it again.

The company has always wanted to index the world’s information and its latest effort, dubbed Project Tango, takes that mantra and applies it specifically to the world around you. Yes, you. And me. And everyone else in the world too if Project Tango expands beyond a startup project.

Google’ Advanced Technology & Projects group announced Project Tango on Thursday and says the goal “is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.” That can many so many things but at a high level, it essentially means adding more smarts to a phone so that it can “see” the world and understand how to move through and interact with objects around you. The initial device will be powered by the Movidius’ Myriad 1 vision processor platform.

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Think of Project Tango like Microsoft’s(s msft) Kinect being put inside a smartphone.

That’s pretty much what…

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