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Here's an early look at Google Project Tango's indoor mapping abilities

Sarah Silbert
February 21, 2014
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Yesterday Google announced Project Tango, a prototype smartphone with a sophisticated 3D sensing system for mapping and tracking your surroundings. One day later, we've already got a sneak peek at the phone's indoor modeling capabilities, courtesy of TechCrunch and Project Tango partner company Matterport.

Matterport, which creates 3D models of interior spaces, used one of the prototype Tango devices to create a map of the room you see below. When a Matterport employee moves the phone around the room, the company's software captures 3D data and color camera data, which it uses to construct a comprehensive model. The result is accurate enough to measure the height from floor to ceiling, and we imagine the company chose to map an insanely cluttered room to demonstrate the system's ability to process complicated information. Matterport's CEO says Tango's 3D mapping will only get better with a higher-resolution camera, but the 4-megapixel shooter on the current prototype clearly does a respectable job at 3D capturing already. Head past the break to see the video demo.

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