A project at the University of Minnesota would allow a user to hold up a smartphone and create indoor maps in three dimensions. A $1.35 million grant from Google is helping to pay for it. The work is part of the company’s recently announced Project Tango, a cellphone optimized for 3D mapping.Homeowners could use the software to create a virtual tour of their houses before putting them up for sale.
The software could also help the blind walk through a building or aid a drone aircraft in navigating. While the software is being designed to work on a prototype of the new Google smartphone, it will also work on existing smartphones. Notably, it doesn’t use much processing power, about as much as the game Angry Birds.