Next Level Radar by Google

Google has been working on something new, and it is spectacular! The project is called Project Soli, and they are using radar technology to revolutionize the way we interact with our wearable and portable devices like smartwatches, smartphones and tablets. The project is founded by Ivan Poupyrev, who works for Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology And Projects) department.

The basis of this new technology is RADAR (Radio Detection And Ranging), which we all know is used by bats and the army. Radar technology was first patented in 1904, but wasn’t really used until the 1930’s when armies all around the world started using it. The way radar works is when you emit a sound wave, it will bounce off of objects and return. Knowing the speed of the wave, you can then calculate how far away the object is. This was the first application of radar. Radar is a lot more developed these days, and you are able to know whether an object is moving, how fast it is moving and how big it is.

So that’s pretty much how radar works. What does Google have to do with it? Google’s Project Soli is working on a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor will be able to detect the finest gestures we are able to make with our hands. So for the first time radar is used to track micro motions instead of large aircrafts and such. If you watch the video below you will see the possibilities this new application brings to our future.

As you can see the chip Google developed is small enough to put it in every wearable technology, the smallest smartphone or even smartwatches. The sensor is running at 60 GHz, giving it a capability to track up to 10.000 frames per second. When you compare the application as seen in the video above with the way we have been controlling our devices, you can see the opportunities to gain are enormous.




One response to “Next Level Radar by Google”

  1. mhamulder says :

    It is really exciting to see how simple this addition to a device can bring such precise and fast tracking options! I think the most straight forward benefit of this application is eliminating the need to physically though the device. My smartphone is always filthy after a period of use and I need to wash the screen, not only because I can see less well what I am doing, but also because of hygiene reasons.
    Furthermore it would be interesting if the application could compare behaviour against benchmark behaviour. I play field hockey and sometimes I am not sure how to improve my movement. If this device could track my behaviour and compare to how professional field hockey players position themselves, this could quickly improve my technique.
    I can even imagine this application secretly tracking facial gestures of people that are being interviewed to track their feelings with certain subjects. It would be great to know if someone talks about a certain management protocol and my application informs me that this persons shows very averse and negative facial expressions that sometimes go by unnoticed.
    I am curious to the future applications of this technology.

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