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Google’s “Project Tango” prototype phone tackles 3-D sensor tech

Google announced a new initiative on Thursday that aims to bring 3-D sensor technology into a new series of prototype Android smartphones.

Dubbed "Project Tango," the new venture involves a Google-built five-inch phone that includes sensors that track the movement of the device while modeling the space and landscape around it. In essence, it builds 3-D renderings of its surroundings that, perhaps one day, could be used in the mapping of building interiors, according to Google.

Re/code explains what this all means here.

By Mike Isaac, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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