Google’s Project Tango gets a teardown

The hotly anticipated Google Project Tango prototype smartphone comes with four cameras to allow it to take stock of its environment, record and use 3D depth-sensing info.  This impressive Android smartphone aimed at Developers, also boasts a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM to crunch all that environment data. 

iFixit carried out a bit of reverse engineering on the prototype and had some interesting findings; there are three USB ports on the device, including mini USB, microUSB and USB 3.0.  But the real hotness are the cameras, which include a 120-degree field of vision front-facing camera and a 4 megapixels main camera that also has an infrared sensor for 3D depth sensing.

There is also a fisheye lense that can see a full 180 degrees, and records black and white pics for tracking motion.  iFixit also powered up the IR projector on the device, which shows that it works similarly to Kinect in terms of detecting and building the depth map of its surroundings.

Ironically, this non-consumer device would be among the easiest for consumers to repair according to iFixit’s standards; it scored 9 out of 10 for ‘repairability’, easily the highest of any smartphone.

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Image by Robert Scoble

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