SAN FRANCISCO — The group behind Google’s Project Ara and Project Tango just revealed its latest experiment — and it could transform how we interact with smartwatches and other wearables. Project Soli is a small, gesture-recognizing, radar-enabled sensor that aims to provide a way for people to interact with their smartwatches without touching their displays. The experimental project was introduced by ATAP, Google’s Advanced technology and Projects group, during a session at the company’s I/O developer conference Friday. See also: Google’s Project Vault is a secure computer stuffed into a microSD card On its surface, the idea behind Soli is similar to Leap Motion and other gesture-based controllers: A sensor tracks the movements of your hands, which control the input into a device. During a demo at the session Friday, Soli’s founder, Ivan Poupyrev, showed how the sensor could recognize gestures and allow people to control functions of a smartwatch without touching a display. But unlike other motion controllers, which depend on cameras, Soli is equipped with radar, which helps it “track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy,” ATAP says . This helps keep Soli tiny — small enough to fit within a tiny chip that can be incorporated… Read full this story
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