Will Verduzco · Jun 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Google Unveils $1024 Project Tango Tablet Development Kit

We haven’t heard all that much about Google’s Project Tango since was first announced back in February of this year. Aside from a demo of Tango in action and early Tango smartphone dev kits making their way to developers, not much has happened in the Tango world. But today this changes, as Google has just unveiled the official Project Tango Tablet development kit.

Let’s first get the bad news out of the way. The developer kit will run $1024, which although being a nice power of 2, is not quite so nice on a would-be Tango developer’s wallet. But for all of this money, is it worth it?

Developers looking to develop for the Tango platform have quite a lot to work with in the new Tango Tablet Development Kit. For starters, it’s powered by the speedy Nvidia Tegra K1 processor that we talked about earlier this year. This is backed by 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, but that’s not the best part. The meat and potatos of this dev kit is its motion tracking camera with integrated depth sensing. Naturally, it also features WiFi, BTLE, and 4G LTE connectivity.

As can be alluded by the price and limited availability, these dev kits are meant for use by professional developers who are interested in being on the forefront of mobile 3D sensing. You can learn more by heading over to the Project Tango website and signing up for dev kit info.

Are you interested in Kinect-like motion and 3D space sensing capabilities in mobile devices? What kind of applications do you see using such a technology in the future? Do you view this as being the foundation for the next killer app or game? Sound off in the comments below!


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