Prototype Project Tango tablet coming later this year, LG-made consumer version in 2015


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Google's Project Tango is developing well and the first round of consumer devices should land on store shelves in 2015. That's the word from Thursday's Google I/O sessions, where the company's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group discussed Projects Tango and Ara.

Project Tango is one of Google's so-called moonshot projects attempting to advance the state of consumer technology. Google has so far produced a Tango smartphone and tablet for developers. The devices are equipped with special infrared cameras and depth sensors that map 3D images of the device's surroundings.

The possibilities for this technology include creating 3D floor plans of your home, augmented reality gaming, and aids for the visually impaired.

During the I/O session, Google demonstrated a Tango tablet and the company said Tango was the most mature of ATAP's projects, according to Ars Technica. The company then said LG would be bringing a consumer tablet to market sometime in 2015.

Google also reiterated an announcement from earlier in June that developers could get their hands on the developer prototype Tango tablet for $1,024. The Tango developer kit will go on sale later in 2014.

The early 7-inch Tango tablet will be loaded with Nvidia's quad-core Tegra K1 processor (Cortex A-15 version), 4GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage, 120-degree motion-tracking front-facing camera, integrated depth sensor, Android 4.4 KitKat, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE. Anyone interested can sign-up to be notified when Tango developer kits are available.

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