Didn’t we hear about this before? Oh, that’s right! We heard about this before yesterday, when we presented you the rumors about the forthcoming, long – speculated and teased Amazon 3D phone! A gadget so spectacular, Amazon’s icon Jeff Bezos is personally promoting it with the new trailer and an open invitation to the big unveiling on June 18.
But… you know how it is in the tech world, especially when it comes to the few behemoths out there trying to steal the cake from each other. If one takes a step forward, the others will take two. Now that Amazon stirred the waters with a potential glass – free 3D smartphone, Google announced they have been working for quite some time to develop a 3D computer tablet with motion sensing capabilities.
Coincidence? Nobody believes that, actually. The announcement coming from Google occurred a day after the online retail king spread the word around the event on June 18 and sent shock – waves in all the media. But, coincidence or no coincidence, let’s talk about Project Tango – as the new 3D tablet coming from Google was dubbed.
This is a big project, according to Google and a project that had to be unveiled now. We are curious: if Amazon didn’t invite everybody to a big revelatory tech moment, would Google have pulled the curtain back on Project Tango? Our best guess is Google would have waited a bit more before coming clean and admitting on working on a new 3D tablet, but since the game is on, let’s see what information is available.
According to the press,
The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” team member Johnny Lee said at a website devoted to the endeavor.
Google put out word it will soon put prototypes powered by Nvidia chips in the hands of developers interested in creating applications that take advantage of innovations built into devices. The development kits can be used to make “apps” that track full 3D motion and recognize surfaces of things nearby, according to Google.
The team behind Project Tango hopes to show off the tablet at Google I/O later this month, Engadget reports. A “limited number” of prototypes will be made available to developers later this month for $1,024.
Well, this is pretty much all we’ve got.But, we have the Amazon mystery moment approaching fast and Google better be present at the show. Who knows where inspiration comes from, right?