A recent report claims that Google is working on a new 7-inch tablet version of its “Project Tango” smartphone with advanced vision capabilities.
Wall Street Journal reports, citing people briefed on the company’s plans, that the company has begun developing the device that includes “two back cameras, infrared depth sensors, and advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects.”
The new tablet is likely an oversized version of the existing prototype Project Tango smartphone, unveiled in February by the Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division. However, Google is yet to comment on the report.
Google’s Project Tango flagship product, the prototype smartphone was designed specifically to create three-dimensional map of its user’s surroundings, with a 4MP camera, a depth sensor, and a second camera for motion tracking.
There is still no information about the type of CPU to be packed in the tablet, but the smartphone boasts two “computer vision” processors and assorted positioning sensors for calculating movement in three-dimensions.
Similar to the smartphone, the new tablet will also use its sensors to map the interior of a room for indoor navigation. The company is likely following its Google Glass strategy of limited releases to developers with the Project Tango devices.
Sources claimed that Google is planning to produce around 4,000 prototype tablets starting next month. The company is expected to release the prototypes ahead of its annual Google I/O developer conference which kicks off on June 25.