Google Project Soli uses Radar Waves for Gesture Control

Google Project Soli uses Radar Waves for Gesture Control

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Gesture Control isn’t new and we’ve seen it in action through game consoles. The best one yet that we’ve used is the Xbox Kinect. It uses complex camera sensors to detect movement including hand gestures. But it can’t detect small movements like using your index finger. That could soon change.

Google came out with Project Soli, their take on Gesture Control. But instead of using cameras to detect movement, they are using a pretty old technology: Radar waves.

That’s right, the Google Project Soli uses Radio Wave Frequency to detect hand movement.

Radar technology can track airplanes, ships, and cars. Google developers have created a Radar device to detect micro movements such as twitches made by the human hand.

They’re using to track and use movement to control wearable digital devices. Check out the video below.

If Project Soli goes commercial, you’ll be able to control wearable devices such as a smart watch without touching it.

You can adjust the time by using your fingers but without touching the smart watch. And you adjust it just like you would a normal watch.

And you may have guessed it that Project Soli is an actual chip that’s so small, the developers can put in a small digital watch.

That’st just for wearable tech. The Project Soli Chip is so small, we’re guessing that Google will put in smartphones and other devices.

Imagine if our appliances had this kind of technology, we won’t be needing knobs, buttons or switches for it. Instead of moving towards an appliance, the Project Soli Chip will acknowledge that you want to use it by merely gesturing to it. You could control it via hand & finger gestures.

If they continue to develop it and then make it work with the Microsoft Holelens technology and we’ll have a haptic adaptive interface. It’ll be the future of gesture control.

It’s the kind of technology you’d find in science fiction movies like Minority Report or video games like Mass Effect.

And the basis for that science fiction technology is now a reality. We’ll see devices and products integrated with Project Soli in a few years. Once those things roll out, we’ll see haptic adaptive interfaces used in smart appliances.

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Emir Samonte writes to live. Lives to write? Probably. Family Man, Avid Gamer, Comic Book Reader. Loves tech, sci-fi and heroic fantasy.