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Project Tango Prepping for Launch Into Space

Since the summer of 2013, the Project Tango team has been working closely with a team at the NASA Ames Research Center.  The goal: to integrate a Project Tango prototype onto a robotic platform, called SPHERES, that flies inside the International Space Station. The SPHERES program aims to develop zero-gravity autonomous platforms that could act as robotic assistants for astronauts or perform maintenance activities independently on station.  The 3D-tracking and mapping capabilities of Project Tango would allow SPHERES to reconstruct a 3D-map of the space station and, for the first time in history, enable autonomous navigation of a floating robotic platform 230 miles above the surface of the earth.

Project Tango and SPHERES are scheduled to be launched into orbit this summer. The future is awesome.
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That is way cool. This reminds me of the mapping tools they used in the film "Prometheus"
 
Awesome. Can't wait for video of them in the station after they have got the lay of the land. And I am sure they will behave nicer than the Toclafane  metal spheres from Doctor Who. :)
 
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Awesome Tango.........
Great piece of Tech. Project Tango is moving beyond its scope. I do have some interesting stuff if you feel it can be helpful to you, i can contribute it and it would be my pleasure.
 
A little closer to home would be to use it for tilt shift and moving around the back ground image caputured to change perspective. hope i said that right
 
How does the Sphere move? Does it have propulsion devices? What knowledge did you gain from this experiment?
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