Google's Project Tango to 3D scan the whole world!
Basically, it started off as a concept for mobiles which would scan the world around it in three glorious dimensions, which could then be modelled and used for augmented reality and all that futuristic good stuff (or, worrying Dystopian future hell, depending on your view of technological developments).
One of the practical uses would be that Project Tango users could utilise the technology to map their home, so you could use the dimensions before buying a sofa online, or whatever. Google also pointed out that it could help blind people get around too.
They're looking at making money out of it too, which means it will definitely be hawked around the video game industry to see if it can be integrated into games.
So, from Google’s experimental Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) wing, it has gone to a “new home within Google”, which the company announced in a G+ post. They said: "We're excited about the continued commitment to developing the technology for our users — we wish our fellow pirates fair winds and following seas."
Rumour has it that Google have already been talking to LG so we can get the technology at some point this year. However, Google should take caution because the world wasn't exactly set alight by Google Glass.
Anyway, the Project Tango Development Kit will let tinkerers and engineers to muck around with the technology and start developing apps for it, which means retailers will be jumping on it to see how they can make their products come alive in some virtual space or what have you.