Google plans to produce about 4,000 prototype tablets with advanced computer vision capabilities as part of its Project Tango initiative, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Google aims to have the first smartphone designed as part of its Project Ara modular smartphone program on sale in January 2015. The so-called "gray phone" will cost around $50 to make and will be an entry-level phone, with prices determined by commerce partners.
Broadband subscribers may be able to find Wi-Fi hotspots with an "augmented reality" application that combines images captured from mobile devices with data detailing the strength of Wi-Fi access points, 4G networks and other wireless signals, according to a recent CableLabs patent application.
Google will hold the first of three developer conferences for its Project Ara modular smartphone project in April and the company aims to have a working, commercial device in the market in 2015.
First it announced a project to build a modular smartphone, now it's launching a project to visually map the world with smartphones. Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group unveiled Project Tango, with the aim of using a prototype phone and the ingenuity of developers to use 3D scanning technology to build maps and models of physical locations.
Apple confirmed yesterday that it is the new owner of PrimeSense, the Tel Aviv-based developer of 3D-based gesture recognition technology.
Apple may be preparing to add 3D and gesture-recognition capabilities to its devices if the rumor is true that it is negotiating a deal to pay $345 million for Tel Aviv-based PrimeSense.
Next week in Las Vegas tens of thousands of technology and mobile executives, professionals and enthusiasts will gather for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. As in recent years, the wireless industry will have a significant presence at the show, but from what I'm hearing from analysts and insiders there may be less of a bang at this show than in years past.
If Nokia and Microsoft can't figure a way to get the benefits of Windows Phone across to consumers, Windows Phone will flounder and Nokia will sink.
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) has used its annual Uplinq conference in San Diego as a showcase for its wide interest and presence in the mobile technology market. FierceMobileContent Executive Editor Jason Ankeny has been on the ground covering the developments form the conference. Here is a roundup of the coverage.