Google Maps is arguably the most widely used mapping service in the world. The only area where it falls short? Navigating your way indoors. That might change with Project Tango.
At CES 2016, Google announced its partnership with Lenovo on Project Tango, with a small media event at Mobile World Congress 2016. Using customized app GuidiGO, smartphones running Project Tango will finally be able to figure out where they are indoors, navigating in 3D space along the z-axis. With just a few taps, your phone will know where you are inside, where your friends are and how to get to them.
In a demo, Lenovo used Project Tango tablets to map a section of the MWC floor specifically reserved for it, taking about an hour to complete. Augmented Reality aspects of the service were also shown off which displayed a superimposed path to your next destination or digital buttons on real-world objects to learn more details about them, such as a painting.
Any company can use this technology to create an entire experience inside their buildings or stores using Project Tango. Lenovo said there will be at least one Project Tango device coming to stores “later this year”, and the device will have extra cameras needed to analyze rooms.