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Google Working on 3D Photos for Future Android Devices

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Google is rumored to be working on a new tablet that will go on sale shortly, and will be able to take 3D photos.

A small run of just 4,000 devices is planned, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, suggesting this is just a technology proving concept. A prototype smartphone had been given out to 200 developers to try out.

The technology is said to make use of infrared sensors to measure depth of surroundings.

Taking 3D images is however itself not a new technology, and any camera can do it, if the correct software is later used to combine two photos taking an inch or so to one side of each other.

The key significance of the Google product though is that it is said to embed the 3D depth data into the image, which then lets other software manipulate it into 3D output. While that could be for photographs, it could also be for mapping and location aware services.

In gaming such technologies could also be used in Augmented Reality services.

A small note on a Google projects page suggests that "Project Tango is an attempt to create a mobile device unlike like any other," adding that it could be "a mobile device that shares our sense of space and movement, that understands and perceives the world the same way we do."

According to the Wall Street Journal, the 3D tablet will be shown off at Google's annual developers' conference at the end of June.

On the web: Wall Street Journal

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