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Google controls a smartwatch with radar-powered finger gestures

Engadget Engadget 20/05/2016 Devindra Hardawar
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Last year, Google gave us a taste of Project Soli, an effort to deliver radar-powered finger gesture control to wearables. Today, we got a closer look at how it could be implemented in real products, starting with a customized LG Urbane smartwatch. Google reps were able to control the watch simply by holding their fingers in front of it — as they moved closer, even more options opened up. As they moved away, the standard watch face popped up. It's just a demo right now, but Soli could solve the problem of controlling smart devices with tiny screens (or with no screens at all).

"We've developed a vision where the hand is the only controller you need," One of Project Soli's leads said. "One moment it's a virtual dial, or slider, or a button." Basically, Google is trying to create a whole new gesture language for every device in your home.


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