It’s no secret that science fiction has influenced current technology. Virtual reality advancements are poised to present a Holodeck-like experience, Siri is disturbingly Hal 9000esque, and even cellphones were inspired by “Star Trek.” Google’s latest gadget, Project Soli, is set to absolutely blow minds.
Resembling Scully’s implant from “The X-Files,” Project Soli is a tiny chip that uses radar to track movements. It’s so precise that Soli can be controlled with a slight finger movement. There’s a really neat video of Project Soli in action:
This advancement could revolutionize the IoT industry, providing ease of use and added functionality to wearables. IoT devices are further integrating themselves into our lives, and the boundaries between gadgets and people is lessening, to a degree that smartwatches and phones are essentially becoming extensions of our own selves.
Project Soli is using radar to enable new types of touchless interactions -- one where the human hand becomes a natural, intuitive interface for our devices. The Soli sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale, and can be used inside even small wearable devices.
According to Google’s official Project Soli page, dev kits will roll out allowing for developers to concoct creative applications for the Soli. While no release date has been mentioned, you can sign up for updates here.