Imagine that you could interact with your TV or your refrigerator, or with any other electronic device, just by making a hand movement. If you lift it up, the door opens, if you make a circle to the left, the channel is changed …
“Soli project has received approval and will allow you to communicate with any gadget just by moving your hands close.”
This possibility, which reminds a bit of the games that were developed with the Nintendo Wii (although without controls) in the way of interacting, is every day closer and Google will be one of the first signatures that make it possible to “communicate” with others technological products just by moving our hands close to them. For example, you should not touch the screen of the mobile, just point your finger at the app you want to open, for example.
The company has just received approval from the Federal Communications Commission in the United States (FCC) to develop its radar-based motion sensor project applied to technological products.
Google had been working on this program, known as “Project Soli”, since 2016, but it has not been until now when the FCC has given the green light to the development, which means that in the coming months new developments regarding the application of sensors to certain products so that they recognize the movement of the hands.
The approved technology is based on the placement of sensors that capture movement in a three-dimensional space, for which they use a radar that allows you not to touch the device directly (this would suppose the end of the touch screens), since only with the movement would be possible to interact with and request certain orders. In this video it is explained in more detail:
So far, Google has not given more information on what products will incorporate the sensors or how to work with this new technology, but the truth is that it opens a wide range of possibilities.
For example, in addition to interacting with the voice with Google Home, the application of these developments would also allow communicating with simple movements, which would enrich the spectrum of actions and, in addition, would also help mute people to interact with these devices. And this is just one application among the thousands possible.