Project Tango is an open project from Google that is changing the way phones and tablets operate. The devices are equipped with special sensors and cameras to map out the phone’s position in 3D space.

Through Project Tango, devices are able to determine where they are in a room or outdoor area and identify objects around them. This could be crucial for virtual reality games that will create playable environments based on real world setups. The platform also enables devices to predict information about a building or area without actually seeing it, allowing for better tracking and positioning in real-time.

Originally, Project Tango was introduced through a 7″ tablet using NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SoC (System on Chip), which was available for developers for a fairly hefty price tag. Late last week though, Qualcomm announced that it would be partnering with Google on Project Tango through its Snapdragon 810 SoC. This platform is currently featured on the HTC One M9, and is arguably the fastest smartphone SoC available at the moment.

Qualcomm said it will be releasing its Project Tango developer’s pack in the third quarter of this year.