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Google’s getting started with the Touchless technology, the new gesture control for Pixel will mark stone in technological history.

Do you remember the earliest days of mobile phones? where to type a letter ‘S’ on your board you had to press the 7-button four times and similarly to type 100 alphabets, you most probably had to go about 300 times tapping the phone keypad! It was insane to even open an app where your navigation button tests your speed as well as patience on the multimedia display. 

It should be called no less than a boon when qwerty keypad came up subsequently followed by the present-day smartphone with a touch screen. The touchscreen technology then became an inseparable part of advanced communication and various devices including laptop, television, and consoles have invested in sensitive technologies to improvise features responding to touch.

Now the world of technology is moving away from touch towards being touch-free. The new Google smartphone, Pixel 4, which is expected to come in a few months from now shall be sensitive to gesture and will not necessarily require touch-based interaction to receive a command or deliver action. Google calls them “MotionSense”. There will be gesture control actions involving our facial gestures, voice gesture, and motion of fingers. This makes one image of the world of technology that we are certainly moving into where our gestures will define our workspace. 

According to Wired, When the Pixel 4 comes out, it will only have a few gestures controls: snoozing alarms, skipping songs, silencing phone calls. But by the time Pixel owners get used to pinching their fingers together and rotating their thumb on invisible dials, a seismic shift will already be underway. Gesture technology will further turn our devices into extensions of ourselves; we move our fingers, and the feedback shows up on a screen.

Ivan Poupyrev, the technical projects head at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects division, has dedicated all his attempts toward this future for years. Poupyrev founded Project Soli which happens to be a skunkworks lab at Google to develop better gesture controls on the power of miniaturized radar technology.

“The team developed a chip that’s smaller than the size of a nickel and studded with sensors. Those sensors emit electromagnetic waves that pick up on motion, then translate it into data. Google says the technology works better than 3D cameras to capture fine motions, like pinching together two fingers to “press” a button on the screen.”

says the project soli board. In January, the Federal Communications Commission gave the technology its approval on the base that the Soli chip “will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology.” The Pixel 4, expected to land in October, will be its commercial debut.

Poupyrev has been recently reported to be working on commented textiles like a denim jacket that allows one to answer calls with a swipe of sleeve. The Soli chip has also been envisioned to be used in VR, smartphone, visual entities and car dashboard for similar gesture control. The Pixel 4 does not have the feature limited to itself. It will be bringing in a huge change over the course of technological diction. The device will feel more like magic that empowers you to feel like possessing superpowers.

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Nina Young

Nina is a tech enthusiast, a programmer, and a Chess player who lives in New Jersey. She deeply believes that technology now has the capability to shape the future of people if used in the right direction.

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