Google’s Project Tango

There was an article on Google in the current issue of Fortune (August 14, 2014), it mentions Project Tango.  Project Tango is a 3D mapping tablet, according to the site it makes over 250,000 measurements per second.  The form factor is a average smartphone with custom software and sensors.  What little is known on the site, it only mentions a depth sensing camera doing 250,000 measurements per second, apparently no IR scanning like in traditional LiDAR devices.

Google is not a name in the surveying business, this is only a prototype device but it has so much potential to surveying to the next level, it really does crowd source it.  To get scans all you would need is a smartphone with new sensors.  There is no data on the data tolerances of this device but it is only a prototype and could move into survey-quality in future upgrades.


About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: His views are his own and not of his employer.
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