Google's ATAP group making a phone that can sense the environment.
The mobile theme leading up to MWC continues, as Google today revealed Project Tango, a remarkable new phone technology project.
Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group is comprised of former Motorola Mobility members. The reveal of Project Tango shows why Google wanted to hold onto this crew in the recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo. Johnny Lee's former experience with Microsoft's Kinect team make him a good fit for Project Tango.
While it's too early to say when or how this technology will make it into our phones, we're already seeing new sensory input hardware. Apple's iPhone 5S uses a fingerprint scanner for user authentication, and now there's a rumor that Samsung will be incorporating something similar for the Galaxy S5.
ATAP is looking at what phones can do beyond what we expect today, and should Google choose to integrate some of those innovations in a future version of Android, then it won't be long until you seen them in a handset that you can buy. After all, select developers already have them in their hands.