Google introduces 7-inch, Tegra K1-powered Project Tango developer kit


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Developers, if you have $1024 laying around, you can get on the list to purchase a development kit for Google’s Project Tango. The kit features a 7-inch tablet device powered by NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1 processor—one of the very few products to use the system-on-a-chip since its announcement at CES earlier this year.

Note that this is the version of the K1 with four Cortex A-15 cores, not the one with two 64-bit "Project Denver" cores. We have yet to see that version of the K1 materialize. 

The device also comes with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 120-degree motion-tracking front-facing camera, an integrated depth sensor, Android 4.4 KitKat, and LTE. If you’re interested, you can sign up to be notified when the kit becomes available later this year.

For those not in the know, Project Tango is led by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP). Its goal is to provide “unique sensing capabilities" that allow developers to explore "new user experiences not possible on other mobile devices." The devices associated with the project track 3D motion, then render a 3D model of its surrounding environment, hence the need for powerful components.

This is the second device associated with Project Tango. Previously, Google handed out 200 phones to developers who were interested in building mapping tools, games, and algorithms that would leverage the device’s varying sensors. Google availability of the Tegra-powered tablet should help encourage more developers to expand the possibilities of the project. 

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