This device creates virtual 3d models of its surroundings in real-time. It combines data from several sensors to do things such as area localization and reactive mesh building.
Tailored for the indoor environment, Project Tango promises to aid the problem of indoor navigation and pioneer the way towards interactive augmented reality. STKO envisions leveraging the capabilities of this device to research place-based geographic information processing.
The Tango is engineered to process point cloud measurements and correlate them with every pixel in the images captured by its two rear-facing cameras. What makes this device different from other point cloud sensors are its hardware components and inherent mobility. There are many potential applications of this technology that we are excited to explore as we continue to push the envelope of GIS.