Google Radar Hand Sensor, Soli, Could Transform Video Games, Esports

Google Radar Hand Sensor, Soli, Could Transform Video Games, Esports

Google Radar Hand Sensor, Soli.

Federal regulators in the U.S. have granted Google consent to operate its radar-based hand motion sensor, Soli, at higher power levels than presently allowed by the FCC. Soli has a wide range of applications, but one of the more obvious and immediate use cases will be in esports.

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects unit began working on Soli in 2015. The sensor fits into a small chip the size of a quarter and detects three-dimensional motion through radar. The accompanying software platform analyzes the raw data and can identify common gestures such as pressing a button, turning a key, or spinning a dial.

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That rudimentary clip is, of course, just scratching the surface of Soli’s potential in esports. This follows the previous work of devices such as Microsoft Kinect but with what’s expected to be much finer detail. The new radar wave spectrum enabled by the FCC—which is higher than the current U.S. standard but compared to what’s permissible in Europe—will power more accurate feedbacks and capture more precise movements.

Source : Sports Techie


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