Ever wondered what Project Tango is all about? This project is meant to bring smartphones the ability to map their surroundings in 3D. Google plans to bring two devices of this kind to the market – a phone and a tablet.
Mantis Vision has just announced their partnership with Google, with whom they have teamed up to work on Project Tango. Mantis Vision will be providing Google with MV4D, the core platform behind the devices’ 3D mapping technology.
Google’s Project Tango 7-inch tablet will be the very first device to feature said technology, with multiple sensors and Mantis Vision’s MV4D software. Now let’s get to the original question – what will Google do with all this?
Such 3D technology would allow for all kinds of applications to exist. Google’s purpose is not really to take your information for their data (at least not completely), this technology can also bring consumer applications a twist we have never seen before.
Imagine what 3D-supported apps could do for gaming, photography and other functions in smartphones? Mantis Vision has decided to give us a glimpse at what could be done thanks to their MV4D platform, and boy is it jaw-dropping!
Now you have us nerds running all over the office, Google. Project Tango will open doors that currently don’t exist! Not to mention, the Project Tango tablet is also a super powerful device.
We are talking about a quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with 4GB RAM, 128GB storage, a 1080p display, motion-tracking cams, LTE, integrated depth sending tech, USB 3.0, micro-HDMI and Android 4.4. KitKat. Such specs paired with this new 3D mapping technology should make for one sweet and promising future.
We are expecting Project Tango tablets to cost about $1024, and they are said to launch in late June. This is pretty soon, so be sure we will get to see more on Mantis Vision and Project Tango soon.
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Mantis Vision’s MV4D Tapped as Core 3D Tech Behind Google’s Project Tango Tablets
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL–(Marketwired – June 05, 2014) –
Mantis Vision, a developer of some of the world’s most advanced 3D enabling technologies, today confirmed that its MV4D
technology platform will serve as the core 3D engine behind Google’s Project Tango
. Mantis Vision provides the 3D sensing platform, consisting of flash projector hardware components and Mantis Vision’s core MV4D technology which includes structured light-based depth sensing algorithms.
Google’s new seven-inch tablet is the first mobile device released that will access the MV4D platform to easily capture, enrich and deliver quality 3D data at scale allowing Google developers to quickly build consumer and professional applications on top of the MV4D platform.
“3D represents a major paradigm shift for mobile. We haven’t seen a change this significant since the introduction of the camera-phone. MV4D allows developers to deliver 3D-enabled mobile devices and capabilities to the world,” said Amihai Loven, CEO, Mantis Vision. “This partnership with Google offers Mantis Vision the flexibility to expand quickly and strategically. It will fuel adoption and engagement directly with consumer audiences worldwide. Together, we are bringing 3D to the masses.”
MV4D is Mantis Vision’s highly-scalable 3D capture and processing platform that allows developers to integrate Mantis’ technology into new and existing applications with ease, to drive user-generated 3D content creation throughout the mobile ecosystem. MV4D’s combination of field-proven 3D imaging hardware and software and a soon-to-be released software development kit (SDK) will ultimately serve as the backbone of 3D-enabled mobile and tablet devices.
“We are excited about working with partners, such as Mantis Vision, as we push forward the hardware and software technologies for 3D sensing and motion tracking on mobile devices,” said Johnny Lee, Technical Product Lead at Google.
Since its inception, Mantis Vision has been dedicated to bringing professional-grade 3D technology to the masses. The company’s technology will be a key component of both professional and consumer level devices and applications across a wide customer base of leading mobile technology companies, application developers and device manufacturers. Because the MV4D platform and SDK is fully scalable, it is already being planned for use in more powerful, diverse range of products in the future.