Google is always cooking up something that promises to be game changing and monumental, but with Project Soli, they just might be able to put their money where their mouth is. Looking to turn the world of wearables upside down, Project Soli asks the question: What if you were your own wearable?
While you finish picking up the chunks of your blown mind, here’s how it works. Project Soli utilizes radar technology to enable touchless interactions with items equipped with it. This radar sensor, which can be embedded into a tiny microchip, tracks sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It’s so powerful and can detect movements to such a detailed degree that subtle finger movements can control devices containing this technology.
What is most exciting about it is that you can shrink the entire radar and put it into a tiny chip,” Ivan Poupyrev, founder of Project Soli, revealed 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.”
Imagine a world where you could literally control anything with a wave of your hand or the flick of your finger. That’s the future Project Soli envisions. The radar is so fine-tuned, able to capture a whopping 10,000 frames per second, that it can distinguish between a multitude of hand motions and maneuvers. While resting, your hand actually makes very slight movements that establish a baseline response for the radar. Moving your hand in a side-to-side fashion closer or further away from the radar changes the signal and amplitude, and even motions like making a fist or interlocking fingers can affect the signal.
As much as it pains me to say this as a writer, sometimes words simply can’t do something justice. Project Soli is something you’ve got to see to believe. Check out the video below, and have your broom at the ready to sweep up the pieces of your blown mind once more.