Google has a habit of throwing whatever it finds interesting at the wall to see what sticks and has proved time and time again that it isn’t afraid to discard failed projects. Fortunately, the company’s 3D-sensing Project Tango devices seem to have stuck and now Google will be moving the project out of its experimentation department and will put some real focus on it.
Yet another project is graduating from experiment to proper part of Google. Only two weeks ago, Glass left the confines of the Skunk Works-like Google X and became its own division headed up by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell. Now Project Tango, the 3D-sensing and -mapping concept, is moving on from the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) labs to become a part of the company proper. Unfortunately what that means for the technology or what products it might eventually end up in isn’t exactly clear. Will the next Nexus sport a depth-sensing IR camera? Maybe. Or perhaps they’ll be used to build more advanced home automation and home monitoring tools for Nest. All we do know is that Tango will live on, even if the name “Project Tango” eventually fades away.