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 it is 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.