Project Tango, an attempt to give mobile devices human-like understanding of space and motion by Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP).
Computer vision is a rich field of academic, commercial and industrial research, the implications of which extend tendrils into virtually every aspect of our lives. Anticipating needs before they arise, and understanding needs that a person might not even be aware they have, make up the broader blue sky opportunities for a tech like this.
Perceptual computing encompasses the whole field of analyzing data captured with sensors and visualization systems like cameras and infrared light. Computer vision is one component of the field, which allows devices to ‘see’ the areas around it more like a human does — or better. Getting 3D sensing onto phones, and spatial and topographic contextual awareness is table stakes for the next generation of phones.
What does a world look like when our device can see and hear us?
A technology that allows the phone to do things like motion detection and tracking, depth mapping, recording and interpreting spatial and motion data in 3D space. There are a variety of things that this could be used for, but one prime example is indoor mapping. Imagine, reading not just the size and shape of a room, but also all of the items in the room and treating them as discrete objects.
Expect to see development come fast and furious on this new frontier in mobile tech, and expect every major player to claim a seat at the table.