Google Readies 3D Tablet Kits for Project Tango Developers
The kits, which include an early version of a Project Tango 3D tablet, will give serious developers a chance to create apps for the nascent devices.Google is looking for the right software developers to build applications for the company's early 3D Project Tango tablet devices as they are refined, explored and enhanced with new features. To make that happen, Google is making available a restricted quantity of Project Tango Development Kits that it is selling for $1,024 to serious developers that it deems will help move the project forward. The development kits, which include an early version of a 3D tablet, were announced in a June 5 post by the Google ATAP team on the group's Google+ page. "Today, developers excited about Project Tango can start building using the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit," the post states. "Created in close collaboration with NVIDIA, the development kit includes the new Tegra K1 mobile processor to create a platform designed for computer vision and 3D sensing. You can use the Project Tango Tablet Development Kit to make applications that track full 3-dimensional motion and capture surfaces in the environment."
Also included in each kit's 7-inch tablet, according to an update on the Project Tango Website, is 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a motion-tracking camera, integrated depth sensing, WiFi, BTLE and 4G LTE. "These development kits are designed for professional developers interested in exploring the future of mobile 3D sensing," the site states. "Developers will receive updates as the software algorithms and APIs evolve. These development kits are not a consumer device and will be available in limited quantities. "