Project Tango’s 3D modeling shown off in video

by: Shawn IngramFebruary 21, 2014

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Yesterday we found out about Google’s Project Tango, the smartphone that can sense the 3D world around it, and today we have a video of the 3D models it can make.

The video, obtained by TechCrunch, comes from Matterport, one of the startups Google gave an early prototype of Project Tango to before it showed off the device to the rest of the world. The short video shows a Matterport employee in a room full of random clutter, which is presumably there to show the camera can render everything it sees, no matter how complex.

As Matterport CEO Bill Brown told TechCrunch, the model the phone produces isn’t exactly pretty, but it’s not really supposed to be yet. This is just a prototype, and the quality of the textures in the models will improve over time. The caeras still have to fit inside a smartphone, though, so perfect images and textures probably won’t be perfect anytime soon.

The video also shows that once the phone captures a 3D model of the room the team can manipulate it on a desktop computer. The video shows users being able to measure the room and leave notes around the 3D model. Those features seem like they could be useful to some people, or just a neat thing to play around with for others.

It’ll be a long time before most of us actually get to play with Project Tango, but hopefully we’ll get to see more demos like this as the project develops. For now the biggest question is when will Project Tango be ready for the average person to buy? Is this something you even want, or can find a use for in your life?

  • Shark Bait

    This looks awesome, I was skeptical as to what use it could be, before I saw this. If it works that well in the real world I’m sure someone will find some awesome ways of using it !

    The future is awesome!!!

    • Aniruddh

      Game designers wouldn’t have to work for hours to reproduce actual locations in their games!

      • Tuấn Ankh

        I automatically thought about The Sims type of game when I saw a photo of that room up there. xD

    • dodz

      and the NSA can map out our room and figure out where are its breach points and where do we usually hide

      • Juan A C

        Get a Nokia 1100 for yourself and you’ll be safe. Add a tin foil hat and you will be able to do all your super hacker stuff without risk

  • “The caeras” fix the typo.

  • Calin Spanu

    this is a killer function for architectural surveys. I would definitely buy phone or tablet that has a robust engine for 3d imigery.

  • Groud Frank

    This is insane! Can wait to see this in phones as a standard features in 2 years time.

  • Jayfeather787

    This is amazing.

  • Mr. Mark

    i wonder what kind of models would be produced if used in a mirror maze…