Project Tango – 5 new apps to get excited about!
3D printers are everywhere in the news nowadays but while their amazing potential is obvious, it is important to note that very little of it would be available without 3D scanning. And who else to helm its advancement than tech giant Google? Project Tango is the name of their new device which is, essentially, a professional-level 3D scanner in the shape of a tablet and with a comparatively affordable price of 1024$ (the Google kind of inside jokes, a Gigabyte has 1024 Megabytes). While the device is not available for the open public, Google has set up a project submission system aimed at developers looking to create apps for its newest gadget. These are the 5 you should look forward to:
Styku proposes to use Google’s Project Tango as a body scanner in order to receive the exact measurements of one’s body. With an accuracy level of a tenth of an inch, this app is mainly aimed at tailors and people in the fashion/garment industry who need their customer’s sizes in detail, from ear diameter to toe length. At Bodi.me we use 3D body scanners to help people buy ready-to-wear online and are exciting about a future collaboration with MyBodee’s great new tool. Combined with our Size Advice Solution the chance for an item to be ill fitting is minimal. Great news for the online shopping obsessed as well as for those still unsure about it.
Project Tango isn’t an opportunity just for fashion retailers, but also for customers looking to redecorate their homes and seller looking to provide said redecoration. Usually furniture shopping is a drag as you can’t really “try it on” just for its sake and buying mismatched items is expensive and difficult to manage. Paracosm is working on an app that allows the user to scan their home and interact with the 3D model, trying various set ups right in the furniture store or online. Info such as furniture and space size will also be available with a simple touch.
3Pillar Global is going into the other side of the market and one that is not surprising at all: game development. Their project was pretty simple, showing just a scan of a room and how to introduce a ball and then have it interact with the 3D environment. Again, the possibilities are some of the most amazing for game devs everywhere. With motion caption technology still ridiculously expensive, this could be the solution for those who are trying to make a more advanced game, but simply lack the funding necessary.
Aisle411, as the name suggests, focuses on improving customer’s shopping experience in large spaces. With stores sizes exceeding the “hyper” phase, a collaboration between Aisle411′s retail expertise and Project Tango’s unique abilities looks like the best thing for avid shoppers. Imagine a 3D map where you can search for products, find sales and have customized special offers randomly pop in the electronic environment and you will get an idea of what the two companies are planning.
Showing more of the practical advantages that Project Tango can bring into the work place, Trimble presented its app “Trimble through the wall” as a solution to have a look inside your home’s wall without doing any damage. Using Tango’s mapping abilities and this app you can see the pipes overlay, electrical wires or ventilation infrastructure.
All in all, as it is usually the case with Google, the future looks so bright you might need *insert any number of Google devices* to look at it.