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I'm very excited to officially welcome the Advanced Technology and Projects group, led by Regina Dugan, to the team. Known to many as a small band of makers and believers, the +Google ATAP group will continue exploring the future of computing and where it's headed. The goal is to accelerate the development of promising technology in hopes of advancing the entire ecosystem.

Today's launch of Project Tango is just one example of this. It's inspiring to witness this kind of innovation at the hands of a community of developers, researchers, scholars, and more, and to see what's possible.
 
We are excited to announce a new project from ATAP, something that we have been working quietly on over the past year.

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We use our eyes to observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout over time almost effortlessly . This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other.  We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone.  Now, we’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help pull those ideas into reality. 

What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again?  What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.

We hope you will take this journey with us. We believe it will be one worth traveling.  To find out more, and apply for a development kit visit  http://g.co/ProjectTango.

The future is awesome. Let’s build it together.

-- Johnny Lee, and the ATAP Project Tango team
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suddenly the acquisition of various robotics companies is making sense too..
 
Good job keeping these guys and not handing them over to Lenovo. :-) 
 
Yes.
(Project ATAP +boston dynamics +Nest +Android +driverless cars)^ Chrome OS +1= The future
 
Impressive. 3d modelling in real-time with a smartphone. In two or three years the quality will be phenomenal. 
 
I hear if you head right down to the corner of  De Anza and Infinite loop you'll find a crack smoking Siri offering $20 BJs.
 
"The future is awesome". Couldn't have put it better myself! 
 
Where's all the NSA comments?
 
... and that is why I decided to move into the world of computer vision. 
 
Wow!! Perfect for Environmental Modeling applications such Terrain Analysis, Digital Elevation Models,  Deforestation Models, etc.. really limitless.....
 
+Mark Dodsworth he's been with Google since 2011. Been patiently waiting to see what he's been working on. Amazing.
 
Looks excellent! I have ideas for some amazing features to include in a few of the Android apps I have developed that would greatly benefit from Project Tango's utilities. I submitted an application, I can't wait to hear back. 
 
+Sundar Pichai Wow Google Again awesome ...looks like geting out of the Google Garage. Please let me work fwith you Google :) !
 
So Google did keep some divisions of Motorola even kept the name of the group the same:
From Johnny Lee page: http://procrastineering.blogspot.com/ :

> A little less than than a year ago, I transfered to a new group within Motorola called Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) which was setup after the Google acquisition of Motorola last year (yes, Google owns Motorola now).
 
Will any of that effort help with preventing the accumulation of our 80,000+ man-made chemicals in our livers, lymph nodes or lungs in time? Before we join our friends the frogs?
 
Okay, now Glass is making more sense.
 
Really useful if it can see through smoke as an aid for firefighters to build a quick dynamic 3d view of the internals of a collapsed or damaged building for assessment of integrity etc
 
Interesting... The possibilities for this are endless, both for fun/gaming as well as real life use-cases!!
 
+Mark Dodsworth I too got reminiscent about those old Wiimote demos Johnny Lee did when he was still at Microsoft. Back in the days before Kinect.

He is at Google for some time. When there was the DARPA shredder challenge he took part in, he was already there I think.
 
Wow very cool. The world will soon be crowdsourced mapped in 3D! Imagine the possibilities for gaming in 'real' environments! The missing piece is immersive headsets....coming soon.... Very exciting. 
 
I should be buying one as soon as it's out (:
 
+Sundar Pichai I want to work on StreetView team. I am a Software Engineer from Bangladesh. I will develop a device which will help tourist, Cinema hall Authority, gamers and general people. Please give a scope to work with Google.
 
Amazing things in progress. +Google soon to rule the world! Recruit Elon Musk one day and you guys will be unstoppable. 
 
+Sundar Pichai.  I think that if SketchUp integrated with a refined Tango were available right now, it would make a big difference for many, many people.
 
what is the use of this project ?
 
Really cool! I'm always excited to get a peak into Google's research.
 
Such great research that will have a profound impact for our mobile devices. Integration across multiple mediums will surely allow this technology to grow in leaps and bounds!
 
Not a single person using the a pixel to demonstrate 3d using chrome webgl
 
Awesome...it would be great to be a part of the project. +Sundar Pichai sending greetings from Slovakia
 
When  is kit kat coming to more devices running gingerbread?
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Wow quiero ayudar ^^ y pertenecer al proyecto
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is the support only for computing, need physics invention support also by google.
 
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It is truly amazing the technology that is here today, now.  Ready to be used by the general public. "When I was a young man, having a watch that had video as well as audio, was Science Fiction.  The only person, who had one was 'Dick Tracey' who was a cartoon character."  Today, everyone has a cell phone, from the little old lady on the corner, to the kids in school.  Even I have a cellphone, now I hate using it as a phone, but in an emergency situation, nothing makes life easier, than having a cellphone handy.  I even take mine with me when I walk my dog.  Mainly, I use mine for listening to music, Pandora One, I-tunes,  I also am an amateur 'Shutterbug." So I do use it for taking pictures.  Oh let's not forget the Instagram.  Brilliance, communicating via pictures.   Yes, I guess in retrospect, I do use my cell phone, but not as a phone, as a MP3 player, Blue Tooth device and sometimes for GPS, when I am in the car & don't know where I am, I use the Global Positioning System through Google Maps, or my car has a GPS as well.  "Boy have the times changed."  I just do not want to be connected to my cellphone 24/7,  if someone needs to reach me,  call me on my home phone.  "NOT MY CELLPHONE!"
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