December 19, 2023 – Google’s Latest Breakthrough in Gesture Control Technology
In a recent revelation from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Google has secured a groundbreaking technological patent showcasing its radar-based “Soli” gesture control system.
One of the standout features of Apple’s Vision Pro headset is its powerful gesture control system, allowing users to navigate the visionOS system with intuitive hand movements. Equipped with cameras at the bottom, the Vision Pro headset can interpret specific gestures made by users, enabling actions such as sliding objects, scrolling through web pages, or clicking on icons to launch applications.
However, the design of the Vision Pro headset, with its camera-heavy approach, comes with limitations in terms of weight and complexity. This makes it unsuitable for integration into smart glasses. As a solution, Google has ingeniously devised a radar-based system that can be worn on the wrist and detect gestures effectively.
As illustrated below, Google has designed a radar bracelet capable of tracking the wearer’s hand, arm, wrist, and other hand movements. These movements are then mapped into augmented reality or virtual reality systems, creating a diverse range of interactive experiences.
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This innovative technology from Google opens up a world of possibilities for the integration of gesture control into various devices, making human-computer interaction more seamless and immersive. The radar-based “Soli” system has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with technology, extending beyond headsets to enhance the functionality of smart glasses and other wearables. As technology continues to advance, we can look forward to a future where our gestures become the key to unlocking incredible digital experiences.