Games Could Help Google's 3D-Sensing Tango Tablet Become a Reality

Google's Project Tango lets pocket-sized computers see the world in 3D, which could lead to amazing things. Augmented reality shopping. Indoor navigation. Drones that don't crash into foreign objects. But Google project lead Johnny Lee admits that Tango hasn't seen much interest from phonemakers yet. What might… » 3/17/15 7:00pm 3/17/15 7:00pm

Google's 3D-Scanning Project Tango Just Got a Little More Real

Google ATAP (that's Advanced Technology and Projects) is where wonderful things are born. Things like the animated magic of Glen Keane's Duet or the modular Project Ara smartphone. It's all great stuff, but it's also all experimental—if a project doesn't make enough progress in two years, it's dead. But Google's… » 1/31/15 10:00am 1/31/15 10:00am

Google's Reality-Bending Tablet Turned My Target Into an Icy Playground

Imagine you're part of a big brand like Target. How do you convince customers you're cool? If you're not waiting around for one of your employees to become a viral teen hearthrob, how about thrusting them into a virtual reality world? In the latest example of VR advertising, Google and Target have teamed up to let… » 12/05/14 12:25pm 12/05/14 12:25pm

Google I/O Wishlist: What We Want (And What We'll Get)

Google's biggest day of the year is here: Google I/O! And along with fancy developer seminars with enticing names like "open-source technologies from the Hadoop ecosystem as part of your Cloud toolkit," we're also going to get some Fun Announcements. Here's what we're expecting, what we're hoping for, and what'll have… » 6/25/14 9:35am 6/25/14 9:35am

Google Tango: An Experimental Android Phone That Maps Your Whole World

Google's new Project Tango is a limited-run experimental phone that'll be handed out to 200 lucky developers next month. It's got Kinect-like vision and a revolutionary chipset, enabling phones to see the world in a whole new way. A bit like a really sophisticated 3D scanner in a phone. It's pretty nuts. » 2/20/14 2:00pm 2/20/14 2:00pm