Google Maps…The World

Inflatable jungle gyms, action images from Sochi stitched together and predictions for the next big art cities in this week's look at the web

Project Tango isn’t the name of a covert CIA operation, but a new initiative from Google to “give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.” Working with universities and research institutions, Project Tango (whose roots are actually in Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, which was one part Google decided to keep in their $2.9 billion sale to Lenovo) built a prototype Android smartphone with sensors that capture 3D motion and depth. By giving the phone the ability to map surroundings in 3D, this can extend the mobile world into our physical reality—for example, capturing the dimensions of your living room with your camera before a meeting with an interior designer, or knowing the exact aisle and shelf where the bulk toilet paper hides at your local Costco. 200 prototype dev kits will be given to professional developers who have greater ambitions than just writing 2D touchscreen apps to play around with.