Google has unleashed a prototype smartphone with customized hardware and software that enables it to create 3D maps of a user’s surroundings.


The sensors allow it to make over 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real time. It has an indoor application system that assists the visually impaired to navigate through unfamiliar indoor places without being assisted.

The phone was developed in a project called Project Tango with help from researchers in various institutions with the aim of making human beings understand how space and motion relate to mobile devices.

Earlier this year, Google announced that it is working on a smart contact lens to be used in measuring the amount of glucose in tears. Later on this year it is set to release Google Glass into the market.

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