Google to deploy radar-based hand motion sensor

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The US federal communications commission has granted Google approval to deploy ‘Project Soli’, a miniature radar-based hand motion sensor.

The Soli sensor, which fits onto a chip, will capture motion in a 3D space using a radar beam to track the human hand.

The sensors track sub-millimetre motion, tracking ‘virtual tool gestures’ made via fingers to press virtual buttons, use virtual sliders and turn virtual dials.

The Soli chip incorporates the entire sensor into an 8mmx10mm package.

According to Google, the Soli-enabled chip, which operates in the 60-GHz can be embedded in wearable technology as well as phones, computers and cars.

Google has not specified a release date for Project Soli.