Google’s ATAP Group Announces Radar on a Chip-Project Soli


Google’s ATAP group promised you a project that would, “knock your socks off”, and this morning they delivered at their I/O 2015 session. The next generation technology group actually unveiled quite a few projects, one of the most interesting being Project Soli. Project Soli is essentially a tiny doppler radar in a micro-chip form factor. This means that our smartphones may someday replace optical cameras as movement sensors with the more accurate technology of radar.

Perhaps the even cooler thing about this project is that it opens up endless possibilities for innovation in areas outside of smartphones and tablets. Due to the small size of the chip we may now be able to use hand gestures and other intuitive movements to control all sorts of everyday items-lighting, radios, etc.  Project Soli truly opens up the space of interactive gestures to all devices, not just those we’re used to seeing in tech. Check out the video above for more details, this is some truly futuristic technology that has the possibility to change the way people live, exactly what Google is all about!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"