And Now For Your Smartphone’s Next Trick: Seeing And Understanding, Courtesy Of Google

And Now For Your Smartphone’s Next Trick: Seeing And Understanding, Courtesy Of Google

TechCrunch

[tc_dropcap]Your smartphone hosts a bevy of sensors that do many things within its sleek case. But thanks to a new project, dubbed Tango, by Google’s Advanced Technology And Projects (ATAP) group, your next one might have one more superpower: visual spatial awareness. As in, your next smartphone might be able to not only see, but also to understand its surroundings.[/tc_dropcap]

If that seems like something out of science fiction, that’s because it very much could be – the AI assistant in Her, for instance, manages to be so convincingly human because it shares an awareness of the user’s world, including recognizing the environment and putting that into the proper context. Google’s new prototype hardware and development kit, with its Myriad 1 Movidius Vision Processor Platform, is an attempt to give mobile devices exactly this type of “human-like understanding of space and motion,” according to ATAP…

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