Indoor Mapping

  • Wondering How Project Tango Can Be Used for Indoor Mapping? Watch This Video.

    Google Shows off Augmented Reality Applications of Project Tango at GTC

    For most geeks, "Augmented Reality" seems mostly to pertain to gaming.  OK I get that!

    But for us Indoor Mapping & LBS geeks, Project Tango's unique ability to both capture reality and then augment itis what is truly breathtaking. To get a sense of exactly that that means and how it will be applied to indoor mapping and navigation, just take a look at the first two minutes of this video, and then 4:50 to 5:45. 

    So - if you accept the idea that somebody is willing to hold their phone up to say waist level while navigating a very large building - and that's a big if - then Project Tango is the mapping system, mapping platform, indoor positioning and indoor navigation all in one.

    I stand my ground that this is much more suitable short term to professional users and use cases of various sorts (e.g. a Facilities staff or security maybe?) then patient/visitor wayfinding. Sure, there will be some early adopters that will love it.  But your typical 55+ year old patient is not going to hold up their phone - much less a mini-tablet - for 20 or 25 minutes.

    And they definitely are not going to pay the price differential for a Tango-capable tablet until it is only marginally higher than a typical cell phone.

    But there is absolutely no doubt that this a technology revolution, and one that will be embraced and applied in all kinds of compelling ways. Indoor Mapping & Navigation is just one more of those.

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