Monday, February 24, 2014

Google has developed a prototype smartphone with customised hardware and software that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings. The phone will learn the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being moved around inside of our home. Google's Advanced Technology and Projects unit (ATAP) developed the phone as part of a project called Project Tango! The company says, "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."

As we all know, Google search is the most used search engine on the web with billions of searches being carried out everyday. Apart from this, it has many successful products like Gmail which is currently the 3rd most popular web-mail, Youtube - the most popular search engine after Google, Chrome - the most used web browser, Android - number 1 mobile operating system, etc.

But despite Google's enormous successes, it also has its equal share of failures. It's failed projects will include Google Wave - a real-time messaging and communication platform, Google Buzz - a social networking and microblogging tool, Google Lively - a web-based virtual environment, Froogle - a service that allowed consumers to compare prices of products, etc.

Now, is Project Tango going to be one more feather on Google's cap? Will it make it to the success list? 

"This project seems to be interesting. If it also helps us to locate lost items, it would be even more helpful," says Ria Nambiar, a 1st year Engineering student. 

Tanvi Sheth, a 1st year Biotechnology student says," it's success could be 50-50. It is upto how people see it's features. One way it is good because of it's navigation skills. But I don't think everyone will use it on a daily basis." 

A 2nd year Architecture student, Dyuthi Prakash, says: "It's success depends on how friendly the technology is going to be." 

By Madhumitha Raghavan

The writer is a first year Media & Communication student.