& cplSiteName &

Google's Phone Prototype: It Takes 3D to Tango

Dan Jones
2/22/2014
50%
50%

Google's latest project is a smartphone that maps its surroundings in 3D, a development that could have very interesting implications for location services and the tracking of big data.

The search giant says it pulled together 10 years of research to create the "Project Tango" smartphone: a phone that can track its motion in full 3D in real-time.

"Our goal is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion," says Johnny Lee, project lead at the Google Advanced Technology & Project team. The team introduced the Tango concept in the video below:

Lee says that Google will soon get development kits out to software developers to create applications on top of the Tango platform.

This could clearly make location data collection of the user of the Tango smartphone more granular and accurate than even the satellite and cellular network triangulation systems of today.

Which could, as Lee says, make the future "awesome" but maybe a bit creepy, too. (See Here Come the WiFi Drones, Another Day, Another Domestic Spying Revelation, and Telcos Warm to Big Data.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(8)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/27/2014 | 5:12:49 AM
Re : Google's Phone Prototype: It Takes 3D to Tango
@danielcawry: Not just Android. Although the droid is more capable of handling multitasking events and also gather information in a streamlined manner (different from the other OS), I think soon enough this technology can be delivered in WP and iPhones.
SachinEE
50%
50%
SachinEE,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/27/2014 | 5:11:16 AM
Re : Google's Phone Prototype: It Takes 3D to Tango
And creepy it is. However this new form of technology would benefit so much from fast networks and would soon be used in integrated GPS tracking too. If the project receives many tick marks from the development board, then we may be looking forward to a much more streamlined approach at mobile data computing. What must be known is the amount of data it collects, and if it can be harmful for the end user.
pcharles09
50%
50%
pcharles09,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/24/2014 | 8:17:56 PM
Re: I Like It
The opt in is an interesting part. Especially when it comes to Google. I wonder what you're giving up to get the goods?
danielcawrey
50%
50%
danielcawrey,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/24/2014 | 3:43:26 PM
Re: I Like It
Well, this is only a prototype for now. But one can only hope...

All of these whiz-bang products from Google seem like diversions. But Google needs diverisitification in order to make money from things other than advertising. So, the company is not doing this without some intention of monetizing it. 
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
2/24/2014 | 3:41:22 AM
Re: I Like It
Yes, game developers must be salivating about this 3D tech.
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/23/2014 | 2:11:40 PM
Re: I Like It
Nothwithstanding Google hype, Project Tango technology will be truly useful once implemented into phones and other portable devices. Not only the visually impaired but lots of other uses will surely be found for the technology. Gamers will have a field day, and there's no telling how designers, outdoors people and more will find great added capabilities in small devices.
Sarah Thomas
50%
50%
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
2/23/2014 | 10:22:44 AM
Re: I Like It
I like it, too. 3D + augmented reality + precise location at least creates an experience that's nice to look at and could add value. I'm sure it'll be completely transparent, opt in and all that too...right?
danielcawrey
50%
50%
danielcawrey,
User Rank: Light Sabre
2/22/2014 | 9:28:33 PM
I Like It
This is a very cool idea. I can see where this project will be able to provide smartphones with contextual information that can help users.

Right now phones simply do not see the world as we do; in order for them to take a leap forward I believe that this technology needs to be integrated into Android at some point. 
More Blogs from Jonestown
Apple's 5G tests are still at a very early stage.
It's really hard to tell right now.
Doughnuts get the delivery drone treatment in Denver, because... of course they do.
The AT&T acquisition seems to suggest that Ma Bell will get deeper into fixed 5G services and more.
From The Founder
NFV's promises of automation and virtualization are intriguing, but what really excites service providers is the massive amount of money they could save.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
VMWare VP Brings Women Up With Her

8|16|17   |   6:49   |   (1) comment


It's an art and a science to make mentorship, inclusive leadership, diversity and promotion of high-potential women work, says Honore' LaBourdette, vice president of Global Market Development at VMWare.
LRTV Documentaries
5G Spectrum Wars – The Recap

8|15|17   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


Service provider 3 has filed a lawsuit against Ofcom over 5G spectrum auction in the UK.
LRTV Custom TV
Say What? Facebook Unleashes AI Anarchy – The Recap

8|7|17   |     |   (0) comments


A recap of the week's talking points on Light Reading's sister site, telecoms.com. Facebook AI programmers had a bit of a brain-fade as they allowed one of its AI applications to invent its ...
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Fujitsu's Women Band Together to Help Girls Do STEM

8|2|17   |   9:35   |   (1) comment


Supporting women both inside and outside of Fujitsu is a top priority of the telecom vendor. Yanbing Li, Fujitsu Network Communication's director of System Software Development & Delivery, shares why it's important, but why there's still a long road ahead.
LRTV Custom TV
If You're Not First, You're Last – The Recap

7|31|17   |   08:18   |   (1) comment


In case you missed it, Amazon's 1% stock increase helped Jeff Bezos dethrone Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. Also, Taiwanese electronics manufacturer
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Tech President Preps Workforce for the Future

7|26|17   |   5:47   |   (10) comments


AT&T is focused on the software-defined network of the future and is reskilling its workforce to get ready too, according to AT&T's President of Technology Development Melissa Arnoldi.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Cisco: Mentoring Critical to Attract & Retain Women

7|19|17   |   6:40   |   (1) comment


Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Computing System Product Group, shares why mentoring in all its forms is important for women and what Cisco is doing that's made a difference for women in tech.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit LTE With Snapdragon 835

7|12|17   |     |   (1) comment


At an event in Wembley stadium, EE used its live network to demonstrate gigabit LTE using a Sony Xperia XZ Premium smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip.
LRTV Custom TV
Implementing Machine Intelligence With Guavus

7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


Guavus unites big data and machine intelligence, enabling many of the the largest service providers in the world to save money and drive measureable revenue. Learn how applying Machine Intelligence substantially reduces operational costs and in many cases can eliminate subscriber impact, meaning a better subscriber experience and higher NPS.
LRTV Custom TV
Unlocking Customer Experience Insights With Machine Intelligence

7|12|17   |     |   (0) comments


When used to analyze operational data and to drive operational decisions, machine intelligence reduces the number of tasks which require human intervention. Guavus invested in Machine Intelligence early. Learn about the difference between Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Verizon VP Talks Network, Career Planning

7|12|17   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Heidi Hemmer, vice president of Technology, Strategy & Planning at Verizon, shares how bold bets and the future of tech define her career.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Masergy's NFV Journey

7|11|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ray Watson, vice president of global technology at Masergy, discusses the advantages and challenges in entering the still-maturing NFV market for the past three years.
Upcoming Live Events
September 28, 2017, Denver, CO
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Intel CEO Leaves Trump Biz Advisory Board
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 8/15/2017
Are Cord-Cutting's Days Numbered?
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 8/14/2017
Orchestration Startup UBiqube Pivots Away From NFV
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 8/15/2017
Verizon Video Woes Pile On
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/14/2017
WiCipedia: Dolly Babes, Manifesto Backlash & 'Brotastic' Failures
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 8/18/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Animals with Phones
We Know a Tough Day When We See One Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.