Google to open up sales more broadly for Project Tango tablets

Walgreen's 3D
This image, taken from a YouTube video, shows a pilot project at Walgreens to provide 3D views of goods sought by a shopper in a store. The technology comes from Google’s Project Tango and Aisle411, a shopping location application maker. Credit: YouTube

Google’s elusive Project Tango may throw open the doors a little wider to the public. 

Those who scored access to the invite-only project, which seeks to use mobile devices for 3-D spatial mapping, picked up that detail in emails from Google, according to Android Police. Developers who want to buy a current-generation development tablet can do so, though it’s their last chance before, “opening up sales more broadly.” 

Just like Google Glass, this futuristic technology isn’t cheap; even on discount, the tablet costs $512, a 50 percent price cut from the original cost of $1,024. You also still have to score an invite, an effort to keep the project fairly closed to the ranks of serious developers.

Project Tango could be following the Google Glass playbook by transitioning to a public sale after spending some time at invite-only status. Just as with its Project Ara initiative, Google likes to experiment with new ideas, sometimes for quite a while, to see if they’ll stick. 

The story behind the story: Project Tango is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Project (ATAP) group, which is targeting “unique sensing capabilities” to expand what a mobile device can do. Google is even trying it out in phones, though it’s unclear if that will ever evolve into something to be sold in stores. 

This story, "Google to open up sales more broadly for Project Tango tablets" was originally published by Greenbot.

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