Will Project Tango soon tap into Google Maps for cloud-based reality mapping?


Google's Project Tango began as somewhat of a neat tech demo: armed with the proper sensors, a mobile device could begin scanning the world around it and constructing some impressive-looking digital models of what it saw. Now with Tango set to break into the mainstream with the release of a consumer-positioned phablet from Lenovo, how will Google adapt Tango's capabilities to deliver real value to individual users and companies alike? It looks like we could be getting our answers at Google I/O next week, and the ability for Tango to augment Google's existing mapping efforts could play a big role there.

While Tango's been around for years, Google hasn't really spent a ton of time focusing on it at conferences like I/O; this year that's set to change, with Tango-related sessions ballooning from one to four.

One really interesting area where Google could tap into Tango's power is by using it to expand its collection of map data – especially when it comes to indoor areas. Such confined spaces are where Tango shines, and while Google Maps offers interior floor plans for big public spaces like malls, the potential for Tango to contribute to new data sets and greatly expand Google's view of the indoor world could be huge.

Right now, at least, there's not a strong cloud component to Tango's reality scanning action, but that could be all about to change. Google's already hinted at its interest in such synergy through some job postings, and with the Tango phone just over the horizon, Google I/O could be the perfect opportunity to talk about just what it envisions users doing with this new hardware.

Check back with us next week for full coverage of all the news to emerge from Google I/O. The conference opens on Wednesday, May 18, and runs through Friday, May 20.

source: Bloomberg via The Verge

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6 Comments

1. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yes and may be 2-4 years every phone will have tango capabilities (CV, SLAM, Navigation).

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It could be a lot sooner if lenovo and Motorola actually release a new Moto X with those 6 new module add ons. One could be a tango module. Remember a tango device has multiple cameras and a depth sensor. I hope one of those new modules is a tango module.

2. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Kind of scary that it could map out your house and everything available in the cloud. Hackers could now have plans of your house and know exactly where to go to break in. I mean obviously it's the hardcore paranoid view but it's a possibility. There has to be some heavy assurances.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

How many hackers do you know that burglarize homes lol. Intelligent robbers don't go for homes unless it's a rich guy's house, they stick to banks and other big money opportunities.

4. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Hackers can sell information to burglars. I had my house burglarized and it was an in and out operation. They targeted very specific stuff and seemed to know quite a lot, which was really odd. They were likely staking the place for quite a while and in a manner that was not noticeable. But these days tech can help people steal cars, the works. The faster they can get in and out the less chances of being caught.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah but who would wast there time hacking the layout of someones home just to sell it to some petty thieves and what kind of thief would acually pay for the info if they have that kind of cash then why are they robbing homes in the first place. If someone cased your house and then broke in and stole the small valuable stuff then they weren't taking specific things, just the stuff they could leave with quick and they didn't have a hacker sell them the layout of your home to do it. I'm just saying if I was going to hack somebody to get the layout of their home then they would have to be rich or someone that was about to get killed.

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