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Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

samzenpus posted about 2 months ago | from the check-it-out dept.

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MojoKid (1002251) writes 'Google's Project Tango tablet is a 3D mapping and spatially-aware device that, with number of cameras and sensors on it, can detect its surroundings and your movements in three dimensions. As such, you can utilize the device to develop applications and uses that integrate the physical world around you in a virtual representation on screen. From augmented reality, to gaming and terrain mapping, the things you could conceivably do with a device like this are rather fascinating. Until today, we haven't gotten a lot of detail regarding exactly what makes Project Tango tick but the folks at NVIDIA have helped, along with Google, to let the cat out of the proverbial bag. It appears that the just announced Project Tango development kit is based on a 7-inch Android tablet with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and it's powered by NVIDIA's new Tegra K1 integrated processor and SoC (System On a Chip). Interestingly, previous versions of Project Tango have been torn down, revealing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 under the hood. However, it appears Google needed a bit more juice and is also going with NVIDIA's new low power mobile beast. Word is Google's Project Tango Developer's Kit will be available "later this year" and will cost exactly $1024. Wouldn't you know it, that price fits neatly into a 1KB memory space. Think they meant to do that?'

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54 comments

Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47175895)

Yes, they meant to do it because it was cute, and it was unnecessary to point it out in the summary. May be overpriced as well. Should have went with $512.

Re:Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176025)

May be overpriced as well.

The individual BOM probably comes closer to $128 but the R&D, design, testing, procurement, production tooling, assembly and shipping are all costs that have to be factored in and paid for too.

Re:Yes (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 months ago | (#47176029)

May be under-priced, it's a relatively low volume production.

"should have went" makes my brain hurt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176111)

https://www.google.com/search?q=should+have+went

Re:Yes (4, Informative)

spiritplumber (1944222) | about 2 months ago | (#47176149)

Actually it's not overpriced, it's overflowing. Should be $1023.

Re:Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176163)

One byte is 1024 bits, $1 per bit is 1024 not 1023.

Re:Yes (1)

gaelfx (1111115) | about 2 months ago | (#47176883)

One byte is eight bits. Better luck next time.

Re: Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47182077)

In mathematics, a 1 is a bit, so a byte represents 1024 bits very well, and a byte is, today, generally composed of eight physical bits.

Better luck next time.

Re:Yes (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47177915)

Think in terms of 0..9.

Start with 0 and end with 1023. That's 1024.

I hope it is dual core. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176327)

I've heard it takes two to tango.

AL

Re:I hope it is dual core. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47177513)

Actually it takes $ 2^10 - 1 to Tango

Re:Yes (2)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 months ago | (#47176477)

Summary should had said 1024 was 1k.

Which would had made total sense both from Google and the summary.

Too bad I screwed up too. ONLY IN CANADA DO PRICES START AT 0!
Damnit. Guess I should had thought myself.

The shame. And at first post too :(

I'm still waiting for a Wikipedia e-book reader at $42. (Trying to save my reputation.)

Re:Yes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47177599)

Google has a thing going for interesting numbers when it comes to price tags. 2^10 $ for the SDK. (IIRC) the e billion $ and the pi billion $ bids for the Nortel patents. I love that kind of nerdiness, even if ruined by the summary.

I'm still waiting for a Wikipedia e-book reader at $42. (Trying to save my reputation.)

Good one!

Fits in 1k? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47175909)

11 bits by my math...

Fits in 1k? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47177741)

The summary still stands true though.

It is quite true that 1024 fits neatly in 1k.

1024 fits neatly in a 2 TB hard disc as well by the way.
With room to spare.

1024 fits in 10 bits. (4, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 months ago | (#47176001)

1024 fits in 10 bits. No need to have 1kB of RAM for that.

The text string? Should fit in 6 bytes with a trailing 0.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 2 months ago | (#47176061)

1023 fits in 10 bits.
1024 fits in 11 bits.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176097)

Two words: 0-Indexed

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

ThatsMyNick (2004126) | about 2 months ago | (#47176353)

All number systems are zero indexed. In 10 bits you only get to store 0 to 1023. To store 1024 (assuming the number zero exist in your number system), you need 11 bits.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 months ago | (#47177411)

This is not true. Zero is a fairly recent invention.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

art6217 (757847) | about 2 months ago | (#47177497)

Did you consider upgrade?

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176375)

Index the way you want, the value 1024 needs 11 bits.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 months ago | (#47177425)

Not 1024 in base 5, which would be decimal 139, which can be represented in 8 binary bits. 1024 octal (base 8) is 532, which can be done in 10 binary bits.

Re: 1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

Chris Parsons (3398385) | about 2 months ago | (#47178129)

Ehm not so sure about your math there friend. You can't take a different base and encode it into base 2 as if it was base 10. Mathematically it is going to take the same number of bits in binary no matter what the intermediate representation. Then again maybe your just playing with us. All your base belong to us!

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 months ago | (#47178383)

1024 only requires 1 bit in base 1024.

0 = 0000
1 = 1024

I win.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47179139)

You loose twice
1) using normal notation
base 1024 | base 10
0 = 0000
1 = 0001
10 = 1024
so you need two
2) and equally important bit != digit

GP only looses once

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 months ago | (#47180767)

There's no such thing as "1" in base 1024.

00 = 0
01 = 1024
10 = 2048
11 = 3072

Unless my coffee hasn't kicked in yet...?

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 months ago | (#47179143)

In base 1024, digital 1024 is "10", not " 1".

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176079)

Yeah, it would have made more sense for them to say:

Wouldn't you know it, that price actually equates to $1 for every byte of RAM that makes 1KB. Don't forget that 1024 is also 2^10 and there is a game called 2048 [github.io] which is exactly double that! Google are so clever!

Or you know, they could have just omitted the last 2 sentences of the summary.

1024 fits in 10 bits? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176095)

Unsigned, 10 bits allows values from 0 to 1023. 1023+1 in 10 bits is 0.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176189)

Fits in 1 bit if your variable represents the number of 1024s you have, unsigned up to a maximum of 1.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | about 2 months ago | (#47177617)

Thank you. For a moment there I was disappointed no one had given that point of view in Slashdot.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176479)

Either that or they got frustrated unable to get to 2048.

1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

silvermorph (943906) | about 2 months ago | (#47176553)

KB in this context stands for KiloBuck

I'll try to level up from my mistake (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 months ago | (#47176555)

With this cool video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

I'll shut up about what it contain =P

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (1)

aviators99 (895782) | about 2 months ago | (#47177559)

Two bytes of BCD.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 2 months ago | (#47178393)

Anyway they're a bit off with their units.

1KB equals 1000 bytes.

I'm sure they meant 1KiB, which is 1024 bytes.

Re:1024 fits in 10 bits. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47180739)

Troll mod is angry at the truth. Kilo means 1000, learn to use binary units.

7 inch? (2)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 months ago | (#47176075)

Sigh..

Re:7 inch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176863)

That's plenty for most women ...

Re:7 inch? (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 months ago | (#47177437)

Their whole adult lives they have been told THIS is seven inches.

There's no call for this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176117)

"eat shit and die, faggots." -That fat kid from Supersuck.

I wonder if this can scan objects for 3D printing? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47176131)

That would come in handy!

$1024 does fit neatly into 1KB memory (2)

kervin (64171) | about 2 months ago | (#47176417)

You'll have almost 1KB memory left, but that's neither here or there.

Counter-offer (1, Funny)

gaelfx (1111115) | about 2 months ago | (#47176903)

I would like to offer them eight ningys in exchange for one of these devices. I just hope they're willing to deal in small change.

Re:Counter-offer (1)

AkkarAnadyr (164341) | about 2 months ago | (#47178795)

This device seems to offer the NSA a wealth of real-time information.

Will they sell it as 'Your plastic fink who's fun to be with"?

Ingress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47177399)

This sounds like a machine designed to play Google's Ingress game which is fun but taxes even modern smart phones.

This is nice gear (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 months ago | (#47177445)

I would like to have this. I am not paying this price. Part of the point of pricing dev kits high is to leave potential OEM partners room to maneuver. Even though they are the ones paying the higher price, they are happier about having a reasonable space for profit.

Re:This is nice gear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47177825)

But the main reason for pricing dev kits high is they're a low-volume production run which lacks the economies of scale of a larger run.

$640K (2)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 2 months ago | (#47177849)

$640K ought to be enough for anybody.

Out of Affordability!!! (1)

Alex Taylor (3668185) | about 2 months ago | (#47178041)

No doubt this is one of the best product by the Google Inc. but It's out of my affordability... $1024 will be huge amount for this product.

Best product (1)

jamieeloran2110 (3667553) | about 2 months ago | (#47178139)

This is the one of the best product so far by Google no doubt but seriously i think m not able to afford it like i cant afford to make hefty amount on it

Finally - At Least (1)

lloy0076 (624338) | about 2 months ago | (#47178355)

We will be able to REAL, OBJECT 3D models of men's penises - no longer will we all be 10 inch giants...

And now the 4GB/64bit wars will start... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month and a half ago | (#47208179)

Seriously, if people expect Tango level performance, they will need 4GB RAM smartphones, even with fun LZ4 memory page compression in RAM. From there, busting the 4GB barrier is small step, and nobody realistically expects android to be doing PAE bullshit and will just jump directly into a 64bit world.

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