Google’s Project Tango is an effort to develop phones and tablets that use cameras and sensors to build 3D models of their environment so that virtual apps can interact with real-world objects.
Up until now Google’s been working on Project Tango in-house and offering high-priced Tango tablet and phone development kits. But the company says it’s working with LG to bring the technology to consumers in early 2015.
The first Project Tango device will be an LG tablet, and… that’s about all we know for now.
Like the Project Tango Developer kits, it’ll likely feature a range of cameras for tracking depth, motion, and other environmental variables. By the time the tablet hits the streets Google will have been working with third-party app developers for about a year, so we could see some interesting apps and games that make use of its 3D modeling capabilities such as an app that could help you picture what your kitchen would look like after a remodel, or a game that lets you shoot virtual zombies in a real-world landscape.