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article imageGoogle set to launch 3D imaging tablet

By Tim Sandle     May 23, 2014 in Technology
Google is set to go into production to make a tablet computer capable of taking 3D images. This would allow for realistic 3D mapping and the creation of virtual experiences.
According to the BBC, the 7-inch screen tablet will have two rear-facing cameras and advanced imaging software. The technology is said to make use of infrared sensors to measure depth of surroundings.
News about the new tablet has come from the Wall Street Journal, which has quoted sources close to the company as saying a run of 4,000 devices will be manufactured next month.
The development of the tablet stems from Google's Project Tango, which is about bringing 3D technology to its handheld devices. A prototype smartphone had been given out to 200 developers to try out in March 2014.
In terms of application, one use of the 3D capability of the tablet would be to create a 3D map of indoor environments, to help with home design. CNET expands further listing out some possible applications: "capturing the dimensions of a home before furniture shopping simply by waving the phone around a room, ...aiding the visually impaired inside unfamiliar buildings,...turning a hallway into a virtual-reality game space."
As to when the tablet will be shown to the world, this is set to be at Google's forthcoming developers' conference.
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