Google's projects Ara and Tango are incredible. Because Google.

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Project Tango: Dancing into the limelight.

Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) I/O developer conference managed to stay at the top of the Google News technology page again yesterday, and it was awash in stories about two secretive projects born directly from the best minds in the company’s ATAP skunkworks lair: Projects Ara and Tango. New and exciting stuff: room mapping, modular phones! But wait, hold on a second, are they really all that new?

Some bloggers have heard this song and dance before, and it wasn’t from Google. Project Ara (kinda like Phonebloks) is Google's attempt at creating modular phone hardware. And Project Tango (kinda like Matterport) is Google's way of mapping a room interior using an Android device(instead of an iPad).

It sure does sound familiar, but we'll stay tuned into the Google I/O station anyway, because it always plays the best brand bands.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers like the original version better.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

 

Andrew Cunningham -- no relation to Richie -- starts off with a bang:

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) [is the group primarily responsible] for "moonshot" projects. Along with Google[x], it generates flashy experiments that sound cool but can't be bought and may never amount to anything, things like...Project Tango...[and] "Project Ara" phone.  MORE

 

And Chris Davies chooses between a tablet and a smartphone:

Google's Project Tango team is working with LG to release a commercial device based on the platform, expected to hit store shelves in 2015. The partnership [was] revealed at Google IO 2014 during a presentation from Google's ATAP [skunkworks] team.

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Exact hardware specifications...are unclear at this stage. In fact, it's not even clear what form-factor LG will be using: Google's last prototype for Project Tango was a smartphone...while its most recent is a 7-inch tablet.  MORE

 

Straight from the dancing horse's mouth:

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us ... 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.

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The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.  MORE

 

Owen Williams demonstrates the demos:

Project Tango was born out of ATAP over a year ago with the very first [prototype being] an odd-looking phone that featured three cameras.

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There's a series of demos Google is using to focus on the tablet, starting with many that were shown on [the Google I/O] stage ... One of the most impressive is called SketchUp Scan.

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SketchUp Scan allows you to point Tango at the walls or corners in a room and will automatically calculate...the area and spit out a 3D model of the room.  MORE

 

Meanwhile, summer has begun, yet Dieter Bohn is freezing:

Speaking [at] Google I/O, the technical lead for Project Ara, Paul Eremenko, showed off the progress his team has made since we saw the very early first prototypes this past April. He showed off a functional, form-factor prototype. ... [For] the first time publicly, we saw a modular Ara phone power on. It took its sweet time, but...it booted. And froze.  MORE

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