Google To Develop Tablet With 'Advanced Vision'
Google is reportedly developing a cutting-edge tablet as part of its drive to experiment with advanced vision capabilities for mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal reports that, the new 7-inch tablet that can capture 3-D images, and plans to produce about 4,000 of these prototypes beginning next month, citing sources who have information on the company’s upcoming plans.
The device is part of the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects group ‘Project Tango,’ will have two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects, according to the Journal. Google’s Project Tango is a platform for Android phones and tablets designed to track the full 3-dimensional motion of the device as you hold it, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment around it.
The Project’s flagship product, a prototype smartphone, released in February this year is said to have similar sensors and is designed to create a three-dimensional map of its user’s surroundings. The technology can be used in the smartphone for improved indoor navigation for the visually-impaired, step-by-step directions within stores as well as for more immersive videogames, said the company.
While other traditionally non-hardware companies such as Amazon.com and Microsoft have also made inroads into mobile devices as consumers are going mobile, the challenge Google’s new devices may have to face is that the technology is ahead of the applications, believe some analysts.
Eventually, with advances in image processing and the fact that tech companies like Google and Facebook are throwing their weight behind it. Facebook for example, is also said to be coming up with advanced computer vision technology post its acquisition of Oculus VR, maker of futuristic virtual reality headgear.
However, Google prefers to experiment with more futuristic devices to create applications that are useful and appeal to consumers. The company’s Internet-connected eyewear, Google Glass, which was first unveiled in 2012 was also a technology ahead of its time but gained tremendous popularity.
A recent report by global market research agency Millward Brown also reveals that Google has overtaken its archrival Apple as the world’s top brand in terms of value by being more innovative and appealing to its customers. Google’s brand value shot up 40% in a year to $158.84 billion in 2014, indicating that the company’s tryst with new technology has placed it several notches above its competition.
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