Project Tango: Giving Mobile Devices a Human-Scale Understanding of Space and Motion


Johnny Lee


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Date: December 3, 2014


Project Tango is a focused effort to harvest research from the last decade of work in computer vision and robotics and concentrate that technology into a mobile device. It uses computer vision and advanced sensor fusion to estimate position and orientation of the device in the real-time, while simultaneously generating a 3D map of the environment. We will discuss some of the underlying technologies that make this possible, such as the hardware sensors and some of the software algorithms. We will also show demonstrations of how the technology could be used in both gaming and non-gaming applications. This is just the beginning and we hope you will join us on this journey. We believe it will be one worth taking.

Further Information:

Johnny Lee is a Technical Program Lead at the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group at Google. He leads Project Tango, which is a focused effort to bring computer vision and advanced sensor fusion to mobile platforms. Previously, he helped Google X explore new projects as Rapid Evaluator and was a core algorithms contributor to the original Xbox Kinect. His YouTube videos demonstrating Wii remote hacks have surpassed over 15 million views and became one of the most popular TED talk videos. In 2008, he received his PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and has been recognized in MIT Technology Review’s TR35

Created: Thursday, December 4th, 2014