Google, Lenovo To Unveil Indoor Nav

Google, Lenovo To Unveil Indoor Nav on The Apps Depot Blog

A lot of people these days, especially active Internet users, don’t even remember what the world was like before Google Maps. While the maps we’re used to are effective at finding anything and everything outside, when it comes to exploring the interior of buildings we haven’t had this opportunity just yet. But the situation can change quite soon.

Presented at Mobile World Congress and developed by Lenovo and Google, Project Tango gives us a taste of what we can expect in the future regarding location-aware services. Those attending the Congress were given a chance to take a walk through the art section of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona and enjoy what the app has to offer.

 Project Tango gives us a taste of what we can expect in the future

The chosen territory was mapped out by Lenovo beforehand with the help of special Project Tango tablets and GuidiGo software. 

The organizers selected the areas of interest to which the participants were guided using the app and the tablets. All the visitors had to do is follow the blue dots that appeared on the floor while looking at the screen and trust these dots to guide them to their destination. Sounds quite simple, right?

What is more, the app would give interesting facts and details about the paintings if anyone was interested in looking at the actual artworks on the wall. Tapping on the particular spots marked on the picture delivered more details about the pieces of art and the characters. 

What are some potential uses for Project Tango?

While this technology is extremely exciting and highly promising, it is clearly still in the process of development. The operation of Project Tango is affected if there are too many people walking past the camera, so you have to wait for it to re-map the trail.

Sometimes the trail of blue dots would lead you to a direction where there is no way to walk through. However, when you start walking the wrong way, the app starts to fix its mistakes.  

When it comes to using this app, it’s not too difficult to imagine how such software can improve our lives. Whether you’re confused about the underground system in a foreign city or can’t find your way in a huge shopping mall, the app would be able to help you find your way. 

Museums, galleries, and a variety of other establishments.

Museums, galleries, and a variety of other establishments can become available to the users. Obviously, it would require people to obtain the permission, map out such destinations and add the information to the Project Tango app.

At the moment, there is no hardware available to the general public if you want to try the technology for yourself, but stateside we can expect a new smartphone that supports 3D imaging to become available this summer.

Undoubtedly, the app has a potential to revolutionize the way we perceive indoor navigation.

Antonio Neri

@freepps

Our resident meandering word artist, Antonio surely knows how to spot a good taco. @his_duckness

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