Google unveils smartphone with 3D sensors

Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone that enables it to create 3D maps of its user’s surroundings.

The product is part of Project Tango and its sensors mean it can make in excess of 250,000 three-dimensional measurements every second.

For those developers that are keen to make apps for the device, 200 prototypes have been offered.

Over the past year, Google has been working with universities, labs and industrial partners throughout nine countries to capitalise on research from the last decade and concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone.

The technology giant said of its product: “We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.”

It added that Project Tango’s goal was to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Google encouraged consumers to go on this journey together and said it believed it would be “one worth travelling”.

Earlier this year the firm revealed plans to create a smart contact lens, which would be able to detect blood glucose levels for diabetics.