Internet giant Google is developing a new tablet with 3D capabilities, says the Wall Street Journal , citing sources familiar with the matter.
The tablet is small, with a screen 7-inch (17.8 centimeters), and equipped with two rear cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software capable of capturing images of specific objects in three dimensions.
Next month, Google will produce about 4000 prototypes to be provided to application developers – a similar approach to their launch of its interactive Google Glass glasses.
The new tablet would be part of “Project Tango” (see video below), centered around software announced by Google in February that will be installed on a smart phone bristling with sensors and capable of reproducing 3D mapping inside a room.
3D is currently attracting a lot of attention among the major technology companies.
Late last year, Apple acquired PrimeSense, originators of the Microsoft Kinect system that is able to identify users’ movements by the Xbox video game console.
Amazon has announced it will be producing a smartphone with advanced 3D display with eye tracking.
In March, the online social network site Facebook announced it had acquired the virtual reality company VR Oculus, makers of the much anticipated Oculus Rift VR goggles.