Google's Project Soli

Google's Project Soli

Controlling Technology with the Snap of a Finger

Controlling Technology with the Snap of a Finger

Beyond its search engine, online advertising, and cloud computing universe, Google is constantly moving the needle on products that integrate the online and offline world in an unparalleled user-friendly fashion. When they came to Mokriya, it was to partner on a “secretive wearable device”, otherwise known as Project Soli. Soli sensor technology is a purpose-built interaction sensor that uses radar for motion tracking of the human hand.  

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THE CHALLENGE

Google needed help developing the software for their wearable Android devices and sound speakers, both of which deploy Soli technology. Their need was simple, while the technology would be complex: allow users to control devices with a simple, universal set of gestures.

Google needed help developing the software for their wearable Android devices and sound speakers, both of which deploy Soli technology. Their need was simple, while the technology would be complex: allow users to control devices with a simple, universal set of gestures.

THE SOLUTION

THE SOLUTION

We set out to build a set of Virtual Tools — gestures that mimic familiar interactions with physical tools. These were designed to make it easier to communicate, learn, and remember Soli interactions. Want to press that virtual button? Simply tap your thumb and index finger together. Need to turn the virtual dial? Just rub your thumb against your index finger. Even though these controls are virtual, the interactions feel physical and responsive.

We set out to build a set of Virtual Tools — gestures that mimic familiar interactions with physical tools. These were designed to make it easier to communicate, learn, and remember Soli interactions. Want to press that virtual button? Simply tap your thumb and index finger together. Need to turn the virtual dial? Just rub your thumb against your index finger. Even though these controls are virtual, the interactions feel physical and responsive.

PLATFORMS

Android wearable devices

Smartwatch

Harman Kardon speaker

EXPERTISE 

Development

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TECHNOLOGY

We needed to minimize the performance impact of the Java layer that Google was developing separately as we moved forward with our Software Development Kit (SDK.) We also needed to provide complete coverage of the API, so that any given Soli app could be written in both languages without restrictions.

We needed to minimize the performance impact of the Java layer that Google was developing separately as we moved forward with our Software Development Kit (SDK.) We also needed to provide complete coverage of the API, so that any given Soli app could be written in both languages without restrictions.

RESULTS

Our work resulted in virtual tools that can take on the fluidity and precision of our natural human hand motion without the constraints of physical controls. What’s more, we were able to ship the prototype in just four weeks — right in time for it to be successfully showcased at Google I/O. Our work is now being integrated into the Android Open Source Platform, and Project Soli marked the beginning of a year-long partnership with Google.

Open Source

Open Source

shaping the Android Open Source Platform

Google I/O

Google I/O

showcased and seen by tons of people

Let’s talk and build the future together.

Let’s talk and build the future together.

© 2018 Mokriya - Nagarro Silicon Valley Labs

© 2017 Mokriya - Nagarro Sillicon Valley Labs

© 2017 Mokriya - Nagarro Sillicon Valley Labs