The tablet is a part of Project Tango, Google’s foray into more real life dimensions on the screen for 3D mapping and other purposes. Just imagine Google Maps in Street View, but less flat. Project Tango operates under Google’s Android umbrella. CNET reported in February that a 5-inch Android prototype was part of the project. Whether this new 7-inch tablet is merely an enlarged screen or new product is unclear.
How exactly it will be used is a mystery, too, as 3D technology on smartphones and tablets is currently very limited. It may be for potential future projects, so it may require a wait before tablets and apps advertise 3D as a feature. “The technology is ahead of the applications,” Rajeev Chand, head of research at Rutberg & Co., told The Wall Street Journal.
One area where current 3D technology gets some use is in gaming, specifically of the virtual reality. Recently, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) purchased Oculus, the company that developed the Oculus Rift helmet for computer use. Sony (NYSE:SNE) is developing its Project Morpheus for use with the PlayStation 4.
As game apps are highly popular and profitable, it’s a possibility that some of the technology could be applied to something like a game or series of games. It could create an obstacle course based on the layout of a house. CNET’s piece on the tablet also provided suggestions how it could be used, such as for measuring the dimensions of a room, helping impaired persons and, of course, gaming.