A revolutionary piece of technology, created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, can detect what an object is by placing it on a small radar sensor.
The device, called RadarCat (Radar Categorisation for Input and Interaction), can be trained to recognise different objects and materials, from a drinking glass to a computer keyboard, and can even identify individual body parts.
The system, which employs a radar signal, has a range of potential applications, from helping blind people identify the different contents of two identical bottles, to automatic drinks refills in restaurants, replacing bar codes at checkout, automatic waste-sorting or even foreign language learning.
Designed by computer scientists at the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction (SACHI) research group, the sensor was originally provided by Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) as part of their Project Soli alpha developer kit program. The radar-based sensor was developed to sense micro and subtle motion of human fingers, but the team at St Andrews discovered it could be used for much more.
Professor Aaron Quigley, Chair of Human Computer Interaction at the University, explained, “The Soli miniature radar opens up a wide-range of new forms of touchless interaction. Once Soli is deployed in products, our RadarCat solution can revolutionise how people interact with a computer, using everyday objects that can be found in the office or home, for new applications and novel types of interaction.”
The system could be used in conjunction with a mobile phone, for example it could be trained to open a recipe app when you hold a phone to your stomach, or change its settings when operating with a gloved hand.
A team of undergraduates and postgraduate students at the University’s School of Computer Science was selected to show the project to Google in Mountain View in the United States earlier this year. A snippet of the video was also shown on stage during the Google’s annual conference (I/O).
Professor Quigley continued, “Our future work will explore object and wearable interaction, new features and fewer sample points to explore the limits of object discrimination.
“Beyond human computer interaction, we can also envisage a wide range of potential applications ranging from navigation and world knowledge to industrial or laboratory process control”.
The Latest on: Radar based sensor
via Google News
The Latest on: Radar based sensor
- Lenovo Z6 With Snapdragon 730 SoC & In-display fingerprint sensor Launched in Chinaon July 4, 2019 at 3:09 am
The display comes with an under display fingerprint sensor for authentication in addition to software-based Face Unlock. Under the hood, the Lenovo Z6 packs in a Snapdragon 730 SoC, which is an ... […]
- Integrated Photonics Looks to Advance Safety for Lidaron July 3, 2019 at 7:50 am
The latest generations of automotive radar have been based on the FMCW (frequency-modulated continuous ... are detrimental to imaging sensors. Figure 3. SNR comparison of pulsed (TOF) and FMCW lidar. ... […]
- NASA tests onboard sensors designed to improve drone safetyon June 30, 2019 at 4:47 pm
NASA says the main focus of the test flights will be to evaluate new small, lightweight, and low powered sensors to help conventional ... as well as air-to-air radar. For FT6, NASA has taken ... […]
- Sensor Market Global Size, Share, Trends, Business Growth, Industry Overview, Competitive Analysis, Key Players Review and Forecast 2019 To 2023on June 28, 2019 at 11:20 am
Sensor Market, By Product Type (Radar Sensors, Optical Sensors ... The implementation of interactive sensors in consumer electronic devices based on machine learning and artificial intelligence ... […]
- Radar technology used to give bird's eye view of wind farmon June 26, 2019 at 1:55 am
Cameras and sensors will monitor kittiwakes ... The Edinburgh-based team of RPS and Danish-based DHI Group will deploy the technology. RPS technical director Mike Armitage said: "The high-performance ... […]
- Hensoldt showcases latest sensor techon June 26, 2019 at 1:11 am
Hensoldt, a leading Germany-based independent sensor house, is showcasing the latest developments in sensor technology at the ongoing International Radar Symposium in Ulm, Germany. The three-day event ... […]
- Global Vision and Navigation System Market for Autonomous Vehicle 2019-2024: Focus on Components (Camera, LiDAR, Radar, Ultrasonic Sensor, GPS, and IMon June 25, 2019 at 7:52 am
Based on components, the global vision and navigation system market for autonomous vehicle is segmented into camera, LiDAR, radar, ultrasonic sensor, GPS, and IMU. The GPS segment is the highest ... […]
- At 5.8% CAGR, Imaging Radar Sensor Market Size Set to Register 2301 Million USD by 2024on June 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm
Radar sensor is a sensor on equipment used in radar ... This report categorizes the market based on manufacturers, regions, type and application. Read More: ... […]
- Radar Sensor Market - New Investments Expected to boost the Demand by 2025on June 20, 2019 at 5:27 am
The growth of the radar sensor market is driven by factors such as increasing focus on safety and security needs in automotive applications, unlocking the wideband 5G and millimeter wave?based RF ... […]
via Bing News