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Project Tango – Curtain Raiser

The future is really awesome as Google announces Project Tango. Wondering what it is about? Let me tell you. Project Tango is about launching an Android-supported Smartphone with powerful motion detectors and extraordinary 3D sensors. Yes! You read it correct, it is 3D sensors.

Smartphone with 3D Sensor

Team Google has been working with tech-experts, research labs, universities and industrial partners to make this dream come true. Through Project Tango, Google is trying to harvest approximately 10 years of research in Robotics and computer vision. ATAP – Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google is using all this research to silhouette a unique Smartphone – to be witnessed in near future.

Google Prototype SpecsJohnny Chung Lee, Project Lead at ATAP says: “We are physical being that live in a 3D world; yet, mobile devices today assume that the physical world end at the boundaries of the screen”. Thus, the goal of Project Tango is twofold: develop a Smartphone with human-scale understanding of space along with motion. Hence, in near future, we might be able to use a Smartphone that is Smart indeed.

This technology – this device will easily outrun any of the leading Smartphone products trading in the market today. A Smartphone with 3D sensors so powerful that takes ¼ of a million measurements per second updating the position and rotation of the phone – sounds too good to be true; but, for Google, impossible is the word that doesn’t exist.

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A Device with Endless Possibilities

Google is assessing the possibilities of applications that can comply to the standard of the Smartphone. A revolutionary device like this sure needs innovative applications. Currently, Google envisages indoor navigation and gaming applications for the sensors; but, we can’t imagine the possibilities associated with such innovative device.

With this device, the world will become your playground. You can generate a map – or a game-world of your own by simply scanning the fraction of your physical environment such as your living room. It won’t be just a device – it will allow you to interact with your environment in a radical style.

Google Tango33Project Tango is still in developmental phase. Nevertheless, Google aims to ship 200 prototypes by March, 2014 to authorized developers. Yes! The prototypes are ready. However, it may take Google months or even years to distribute the product to the end-users; because, we haven’t embraced such technology – and pioneering something is a hell of a job.

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Conclusion – More Like a New Beginning

After developers’ job is done, Google will dispatch the furnished prototypes to affiliate companies for navigation, data processing, mapping and gaming applications as well. I can’t wait for this dream to come true; because, with this device, the possibilities are endless. I totally agree with Johnny Lee on this one: “The future is AWESOME”.

The world went nuts this Friday afternoon when all of a sudden Gmail went down. The massive outage disturbed millions across the globe; especially, the ones using Gmail for diverse purposes. This indeed was a huge distress as every service associated with it G+, Hangouts and Google app dashboard were inaccessible too.

 

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For a time, it just vanished from the face of the earth. It was like someone pulled off the main switch leaving service to crash on web and mobile along with third party clients (Apple Mail). For some it was just like end of the world whereas others mocked the concern – scoffing reaction of those who gave a damn.

 

 

 

https://twitter.com/StayPuft/status/426803095457103872

 

This surely had victimized many as people actually looked for alternatives to survive this mayhem.

 

 

Where millions grumbled over this chaotic incident – there were a few that affirmed that there was nothing wrong with the service – everything was as good as gold. Therefore, it can be presumed that Gmail wasn’t completely down. May be it was still accessible in some geographic regions or may be via some ISPs.

https://twitter.com/Qchillo/status/426817890348957696

 

Ironically, the ones who could access the service also complained about it – perhaps there was a glitch or a spam targeting individuals (may be).

 

 

Regarding the massive shutdown – there has been no official statement furnished from Google’s end so far except for the app dashboard. The seriousness of this event or what caused it can only be hypothesized for now unless the officials speak about the outage, the root cause or about the ones who were affected form it.

In general, the chaos alarmed the digital universe. There were divergent reactions. Some were like – come-on it isn’t the end of the world and the others thought – HOLY SHIT, SKYNET ATTACKED. Some thought of Zombie Apocalypse and other gave Zero Crap about it.

 

 

 

In 2009, Gmail faced massive shutdown as the service faced disruptions for days. This one however lasted a few hours only. Yes! The service has been restored now and those who can’t access it still – be patient – this will all end soon.