Students Hacked A Chip To Give Your Smartphone A Sense Of Touch

Project Soli, which debuted at Google I/O in 2015, is a tiny chip that uses radar to detect discreet hand and finger motions. It was designed as a unique way to interact with mobile devices, but students at the University of St Andrews found a way to use the simple chip to give electronics an actual sense of touch. The chip, developed by Google’s Advanced Technologies And Projects group, or ATAP, uses the same kind of radar as airports use to track arriving and departing planes. As radio waves bounce back to the Project Soli chip from your hand, the unique signals detected can be used to decipher even the tiniest of motions. But the computer science students at St Andrews, including Hui-Shyong Yeo, Gergely Flamich, Patrick Schrempf, David Harris-Birtill…


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