US: A tablet computer capable of taking 3D images is set to be put into production by Google, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal quoted sources close to the company as saying a run of 4,000 devices will be manufactured next month.
The tablet will have two rear-facing cameras and advanced imaging software – and will be shown off at the firm's forthcoming developers' conference. Google has declined to comment on “grapevine stories”.
In February, Google had showed off Project Tango, which enables its handheld devices with 3D technology. A prototype smartphone was also given out to 200 developers for testing. In addition, NASA and Google too tested Project Tango’s mapping capabilities. The technology makes use of infrared sensors to measure depth of surroundings.
While the ability to create 3D images with small devices is by no means a new technological feat, Google’s attempt to incorporate it in mobile devices and tablets could open up new possibilities for the indoor mapping industry. For instance, the devices could be used to create quickly a 3D map of indoor environments.
Source: BBC News