Computing giant Google has just announced Project Tango, a prototype 5″ smartphone and developer kit fitted with advanced 3D scanners. The sensors not only track motion but can actually create a visual map of spaces using 3D scanning. Google feel that advanced computer vision techniques combined with 3D scanning will revolutionise immersive gaming and indoor navigation.

This new technology could have far reaching implications for the design world, the measuring tape, a stedfast tool used by architects and interior designers alike could soon be made redundant by this rapid method of measuring a room.

In its announcement, Google asks: “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your phone before you went furniture shopping? What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? What if you never again found yourself lost in a new building?”

Watch Google’s launch video below: