Move Your Device With Your Hand Movements
Move over voice. hand gestures are the only interface you will need for your next smartphone
Tech giant Google has been developing the minority report style motion sensing radar technology for 5 years.
Google’s motion-sensing technology, known as Project Soli appears to be one of the best features on the Pixel 4, the company’s next flagship smartphone expected to launch later this year.
The tech giant recently previewed the new features coming to Pixel 4, which included capabilities powered by its Project Soli technology. The new phone will include motion sensors located near the top of the device that can work with algorithms to understand when you are nearby. These motion sensors will make it possible to perform tasks such as skipping a song, dismissing phone calls and snoozing alarms by waving your hand.
Google’s Soli should also maké it easier to unlock your phone more quickly using facial recognition since the company says the sensors can detect when you are lifting the device. The phone should unlock as you pick it up, according to Google.
The Pixel 4 is the first device to incorporate technology from Project Soli, which Google has been developing under its Advanced Technology and Projects team (ATAP) for the past five years and demonstrated four years ago.
Project Soli works by using radars to track the human hand, as Google Ivan Poupyrev said in an introductory video from 2015. That video showed how it was possible to scroll through menus on devices simply by rubbing your fingers together. That type of functionality could be useful for devices with small screens, like wearables, which might be difficult to operate using touch input.
However, Google is far from being the first company to implement hand gestures recognition into smartphones. Samsung added motion control tech to the Galaxy S4 in 2013, which let you scroll and flip through photos by waving your hand. Motion sensors on the LG G8 also make it possible to take a screenshot or open an app by using gestures such as pinching or swiping in the air.