This Google Project is absolutely amazing!
It seems that the intricacies of technology are only speeding up, and every day we get closer to the sci-fi future predicted in so many novels and movies.
In a video from Google, we got a look into what the future might look like. Google introduced its product called Project Soli, which uses radar technology to detect movements to such a detailed degree that you can use subtle finger movements to control it.
Project Soli also revolves around the idea of hands-free control — but it extends to almost any device that can integrate a Soli chip. This is another project Google unveiled last year, but has since improved considerably. At I/O 2016, Google showed that it has miniaturized the chip, so it can now fit in something as small as a smartwatch. Soli uses radar technology that allows people to control objects via hand gestures. For example, if your speakers have an embedded Soli chip, you could theoretically change the song with a wave of a hand from across the room. In person, it’s really amazing to see gesture control without any cameras or sensors visible.
It might look something like this:
The chip’s range extends to 15 meters, but it can also be utilized when you’re really close — a Google ATAP representative controlled a Soli-embedded smartwatch via a hand gesture at the I/O event. The Soli development kit will launch this year.
The technology can capture 10,000 frames per second, an unprecedented level of information processing to be put into such a small chip.
“What is most exciting about it is that you can shrink the entire radar and put it into a tiny chip,” Ivan Poupyrev, Project Soli Founder, said in a YouTube video. “That’s what makes this approach so promising: it’s extremely reliable. There is nothing to break, no moving part, no lenses, just a piece of sand on a board.”