Thursday, June 05, 2014

Google Announces PMD as a Project Tango Partner

Google’s ATAP group (Advanced Technology and Projects group, a former part of Motorola Mobility) announces, that PMD is one of the technology partners in Project Tango integrating a 3D camera in a smartphone and tablet form factors. The 3D ToF image sensor belongs to IRS 10x0C chip family developed by PMD in collaboration with Infineon and featuring PMD's Suppression of Background Illumination (SBI) to improves the sensor chip’s DR for indoor and especially for outdoor operations. PMD 3D camera comes in place of Primesense one used in the early version of the project.

GigaOm reports that Google Tango tablet becomes available to developers later this month and costs $1,024.

Thanks to JZ for the news!

Google video talks about the Tango platform uses:

9 comments:

  1. correction - this tablet encorperates an MV4D\Mantis-vision 3D camera.

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  2. this is not a PMD but a MV4D\Mantis-vision camera

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  3. well, pmd is listed as a project partner on the Tango website ...

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  4. The smallest 3D camera available so far is pmd's camboard pico xs - they might be used from what I understood so far. And Google wouldn't mention them if they won't use their tech...

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    1. This post and comments are related to the tablet they have just released. I have no indication for future products.

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  5. Well - this reminds on the MS strategy. ATAP used PrimeSense in the first prototypes and had to replace them after they were bought by Apple with an comparable Approach (i.e. Mantis Vision). So only pmd is new in the latest announcement from the 3D Technology perspective. Comparable to MS - they also switched to ToF. My bet is on pmd. For sure...

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    1. Will the switch for TOF worked well for MS???
      5 years after, having a 170$ BOM device that hurt their sales to decide removing it from their built in approach...http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/09/microsoft-now-selling-xbox-one-without-kinect/


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