Google’s ATAP(Advanced Technologies and Projects) division is known for many innovative creations. Now Google is designing of new technology. Google unveiled something that is going to revolutionize and interact with the electronic devices called Project Soli.
Project Soli Features
Google has designed a new technology to directly interact with the devices. Project Soli is new technology that uses miniature radar to detect touchless gesture interactions. It is a purpose built-in interaction sensor that uses radar for motion tracking of the human hand. The sensor tracks sub-milimeter motion at high speed with high accuracy. It will create a ubiquitous gesture interaction language that will allow people to control devices with a simple universal set of gestures. Project Soli envision a future in which the human hand becomes a universal input device for interacting with the technology.
The Soli chip incorporates the entire sensor and antenna array in to an ultra-compact 8mm x 10mm package.
Virtual Tool gestures
The concept of Virtual Tools is key to Soli interactions: Virtual Tools are gestures that mimic familiar interactions with physical tools. This metaphor makes it easier to communicate, learn, and remember Soli interactions.
Imagine an invisible button between your thumb and index fingers – you can press it by tapping your fingers together. Or a Virtual Dial that you turn by rubbing thumb against index finger. Imagine grabbing and pulling a Virtual Slider in thin air. These are the kinds of interactions we are developing and imagining.
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Soli gesture recognition
Soli sensor technology works by emitting electromagnetic waves in a broad beam.
Objects within the beam scatter this energy, reflecting some portion back towards the radar antenna. Properties of the reflected signal, such as energy, time delay, and frequency shift capture rich information about the object’s characteristics and dynamics, including size, shape, orientation, material, distance, and velocity.
The Soli chip can be embedded in wearable, phones, computers, cars and IoT devices in our environment.
Soli has no moving parts, it fits onto a chip and consumes little energy. It is not affected by light conditions and it works through most materials. Just imagine the possibilities…