Project Soli, Futuristic New Google Project, Would Let You Control Devices Without Touching Them

You can talk to them and wear them, but in a not-too-distant future, you may not even have to touch your devices.

A new endeavor from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects sector hopes to revolutionize how we interact with technology. Called Project Soli, the new venture introduced by the lab on Friday uses radar to detect hand movements and finger “micromotions” to control everything from the volume controls on a stereo to a device’s on-off switch, Business Insider reported.

The radar sensor is smaller than a fingernail, and can be embedded in virtually anything.

“The radar has properties which no other technology has,” Ivan Poupyrev, the founder of Project Soli, said in an introductory video. “It can work through materials, it can be embedded into objects, it allows us to track really precise motions, and what is most exciting about it is that you can shrink the entire radar and put it in a tiny chip.”

The new technology seeks to translate the complexity of the human hand into our technology, pushing things far past a simple swipe and applying the finesse of our actions to the virtual realm.

“We’re actually interpreting human intent,” Patrick Amihood, lead software engineer for the project, said in the clip.

Google did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.

The Google lab said it would release the API for Soli to developers in the future to help further the technology, but didn’t announce a release date, Mashable reported.

Siri may have some competition.

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