Google has announced it’s working on a service to offer detailed indoor location positioning using its Tango 3D sensing computer vision tech.
“One thing we’ve seen clearly is that AR is most powerful when it’s tightly coupled to the real world, and the more precisely the better,” said Clay Bavor, speaking at Google’s I/O conference today. “That’s why we’ve been working with the Google Maps team on a service that can give devices access to very precise location information indoors.”
Bavor described the feature as “kind of like GPS” but instead of talking to satellites — which isn’t necessarily viable given indoor reception issues — the cameras on a Tango device triangulate position based on “distinct visual features in the environment”.
“We think it’s going to be incredibly useful in a whole bunch of places,” he said.
Google’s name for the tech is “visual positioning service” — or VPS.