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Type Input Device, Computer vision
Subtype Computer vision
Developer Google
Tracking 6DOF
Website https://www.google.com/atap/project-tango/


Tango, also known as Project Tango, is a computer vision project developed by Google with a team led by Johnny Lee and Larry Yang. Using various cameras and sensors, Tango mobile devices can map 3D environments in real time and perform markerless inside-out tracking.[1] This feature allows the device to become spatially aware and instantly figure out where it is in space. Project Tango has many potential uses, including incorporation into VR and AR Devices and even Google Cardboard.

Currently a Project Tango development kit in the form of a tablet is available. It was released on May 29, 2015 and cost $512.

Potential Uses

  • Real time building-scale 6DOF motion tracking.
  • City-scale mapping
  • Rollercoaster experiment
  • Registration to existing surfaces
  • Tracking in difficult environments
  • Real-time 3D room capture
  • Real-time meshing in Unity with physics
  • Precise indoor positioning
  • AR-overlay indoor navigation


Dev Kit

Project Tango Dev Kit is a tablet with various computer vision capabilities. At its initial release in May, 2015, the device cost $512.

Part Spec
OS Android
Display 7.02" 1920x1200 HD IPS (323 PPI)
Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1 with 192 CUDA cores
Storage 128GB SSD
Camera 1 MP front facing, fixed focus, 4 MP 2µm RGB-IR pixel sensor
Sensors Motion tracking camera, 3D depth sensing, Accelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, Compass, aGPS, Gyroscope
Audio Dual stereo speakers, 3.5 mm audio connector (OMTP)
Connectivity Micro HDMI, USB 3.0 host via dock connector, Micro SD card, Nano SIM slot
Battery 4960 mAH cell (2 x 2480 cells)
Size 119.77 x 196.33 x 15.36 mm
Weight 370g
  • Official Specification[2]


Project Tango Developer Contest

  • Proposal Entry Deadline: June 25th, 2015
  • Final APK Entry: September 23rd, 2015
Category Prize Winner
Best Overall $8192 WeR Cubed Tango by Heroic Arcade
Entertainment/Games $4096 Ghostly Mansion by Rabbx Inc
Utility $4096 Phi3D by DotProduct LLC
VR and AR $4096 InnAR Wars by FLARB

Visual Positioning Service


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPR9EFE20Aw
  2. https://store.google.com/product/project_tango_tablet_development_kit

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