Indoor Mapping and AR at Google I/O: Project Tango

Could Android phones soon be powering VR and indoor mapping?


Google I/O is less than 48 hours away and if you have been following the event, there is one project that features prominently across the different tech blogs and websites – Project Tango!


Project Tango

Project Tango has gained a lot of attention lately and Google seems to be intent on taking the technology mainstream. Just how important is Google taking Indoor Mapping and AR/VR? The tech giant has 4 I/O sessions on Project Tango this year, up from the solitary event in 2015.

Indoor Mapping, Augmented/Virtual Reality

With Project Tango, Google is aiming to conquer Indoor Mapping and AR/VR with one single platform and unlike the other hardware devices from Microsoft (HoloLens) and Facebook (Oculus Rift), Tango’s biggest advantage is that it turns your Android Smartphone/Tablet into a 3D mapping platform. Interesting in checking out the Project Tango Dev Kit? Here’s the link.

If you were to go by the predictions for the Google I/O (Read: Google Plans to Map the Interior World in 3-D), Google is scheduled to showcase a solution (cloud-based obviously) to easily share 3D mapping data between Tango devices.

We just to have to wait and see what Google has in store for the future of Indoor Mapping and AR/VR. Imagine if the next-gen Android devices could navigate indoors without the need for any additional hardware, while at the same time constantly improving the maps. Definitely a Geogeeks dream 🙂

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.



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