How Google’s Project Tango and depth sensors will disrupt apps (Wired UK)

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Amir Rubin is the co-founder at Paracosm, a development partner
on Google’s Project Tango, and he is currently trying to build a
crowdsourced 3D map of every place on Earth.

Rubin explains to the audience at The Conference in Malmo how
Paracosm helped Google put sensors on phones that are capable of
capturing depth perception images that can be made into 3D
maps.

The benefit of this is that with these maps, robots and
3D-enabled apps will be to read the environment around them. “Your
mobile phone does not understand physical reality,” he points out,
but by using machine-learning techniques and 3D processing, apps
and robots will be able for the first time to understand the shape
of the real world.

The most exciting thing about this, Rubin believes, is what it
means for the future of content. When everyone’s phone has a sensor
and can read the environment we inhabit, it will fundamentally
change what apps can do and how they can interact with the
world.


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“The content of the future is fully immersive and fully
interactive,” he says, pointing out how it will enable more
augmented and virtual reality experiences. “Dinosaurs will be
chasing you through your own house — nowhere is safe!” He
envisages content and experience becoming mashed together in a way
they haven’t before, giving an example of how every piece of
furniture in a room could be mapped to a different musical
instrument and used to play music.

“When you’re interacting with the world, it’s not a virtual
interaction — you’re actually interacting with these objects that
live in your space,” he explains.

Google launched its Project Tango phone earlier this year, and
while we don’t yet know when exactly we will see 3D sensors on
Google’s Nexus-branded Android phones, we can be pretty sure that
the apps of the future will no longer be containstrained by our
screens.

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20 August 2014 | 4:00 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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