Computing

Project SOLI-Google

Putting Users in Control with Gesture-Recognition Technology

Computing

Project SOLI-Google

Putting Users in Control with Gesture-Recognition Technology

69

Patent References to IEEE

7.6

Average IEEE References Per Patent

69

Patent References to IEEE

7.6

Average IEEE References per Patent

Project Soli is a new gesture-recognition technology based on radar, unlike established approaches based on visual or infrared light such as stereo cameras, structured light, or time-of-flight sensors.

This novel approach uses small high-speed sensors and data-analysis techniques to detect fine motions with sub-millimeter accuracy.6 For instance, Project Soli technology enables a user to issue commands to a computer by rubbing a thumb and forefinger together in pre-defined patterns. Applications might include sensors embedded in clothing, switches that don't require physical contact, and accessibility technology.

Project Soli’s gesture features made their commercial debut in the Google Pixel 4, but there are plans to go beyond smartphones and embed the technology in wearables, computers, vehicles, and smart home devices.

“Gesture technology will further turn our devices into extensions of ourselves; we move our fingers, and the feedback shows up on a screen. That type of interaction won’t end with phones. One day, we might control every screen with a flick of the wrist. Google’s gesture technology is merely a glimpse of a touchless future.” – WIRED

Grand View Research estimates that the global gesture recognition market will be worth nearly $31 billion by 2025, up from $6.2 billion in 2017.7

All nine Project Soli patents are very highly cited and reference IEEE science extensively. The patents reference IEEE 69 times (an average of 7.6 IEEE references per patent).

Frequently Referenced IEEE Publications

The Project Soli patents frequently reference the below documents from influential IEEE publications.

2011 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation (APSURSI)

IEEE/EMBS International Summer School on Medical Devices and Biosensors, Sep. 2006

Spark Innovation with IEEE Research

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6 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_ATAP#Project_Soli Last accessed June 15, 2020. 7 Miller, Jen, (2019) “Google’s Soli Uses Gesture Technology to Immerse K–12 Students,” https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/08/googles-soli-uses-gesture-technology-immerse-k-12-students