When most of the general public think of Silicon Valley search giant Google and virtual reality (VR), the Cardboard head-mounted display (HMD) will probably be the first thing they think of. Its ease of use and low-cost has meant that a lot more people have experienced VR and seen its potential than the more expensive HMD’s that are yet to be released could do. But Google has lots of plans and one of those is its recent partnership with Intel for Project Tango.
Intel has recently integrated its 3D sensing RealSense Cameras into Googles Project Tango system, which allows for instant 3D mapping of real environments on a smartphone of tablet, reports Nasdaq.com. VRFocus has previously reported on Project Tango when it was unveiled early last year.
Project Tango allows users to scan rooms to virtually render furniture and any other items scanned quickly and easily. This collaboration will mean that Project Tango could now work with smartphones using the RealSense cameras. Intel will be launching a new smartphone with the RealSense camera, powered by its Atom chip, and believes the collaboration will aid developers creating apps for: “3D scanning, indoor navigation, depth-enabled photography and video, measurements and immersive augmented reality and virtual reality,” its said in a statement.
For consumers this could mean putting a compatible smartphone into a HMD like the Google Cardboard would then digitise their real world surroundings creating lots of possibilities for developers.
VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of Project Tango as Google releases further information.