If the 2015 Google I / O will not remain in history as an exceptional vintage, besides the big announcements Android M or Brillo, Google has delivered some details about some of the secret projects of its program ‘Open Innovation ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a program that can drain to Google out multiple ideas that must accelerate innovation in the US.
Over 500 research agreements signed by Google in its ATAP program
Google is no longer content ideas that can emerge from the Googleplex in Mountain View campus or London. Google multiplies partnership agreements with third parties to develop ideas at odds with his own research. Currently, the ATAP program has 514 partners on 5 continents. Among the projects from the ATAP program Vault, a MicroSD card with a cryptographic chip, a mobile SDK for the animation sector or Abacus, a behavioral identification algorithm. Besides these projects, Dr. Ivan Poupyrev unveiled itself two particularly amazing projects.
The first, called Jacquard, the project is in the field of wearables, computing to wear. Wearable in the literal sense as the project aims to transform the fabric swap device. By concealing the conductive fibers in the fabric, it becomes a multi-touch surface on which it is possible to trace the finger symbol or make hand gestures. A scan of the neck with the back of the hand and the smartphone is activated and shows the last incoming eMail. This is the type of scenarios imagined by researchers today. The aim is to insert these conductive fibers in any tissue product with a traditional loom. Meanwhile, Google is developing a miniaturized electronics as buttons and mini boxes to slide into the pockets to form this computer truly “portable”. Levi’s has partnered with the research and perhaps one day soon jeans of the prestigious American brand will incorporate Google technology.
Soli, an ultra-miniaturized radar for gestural interfaces
The second project presented by Ivan Poupyrev is even more astonishing. Researchers from Soli project proposing to use a Doppler radar to drive a man-machine interface. This miniaturized to the extreme, can communicate commands to any application fingertips. The idea is the same as that of Leap Motion, but the use of 60 GHz radar provides precision tracking of gestures so high that it is not necessary to gesticulate, move the fingers is enough. The movements are followed on the 3 dimensions and a resolution varying from 3,000 to 10,000 fps, according to the researcher.
Besides the extreme miniaturization of the radar device and its computer unit, it is able to run through various materials, so that one could find him behind the screen of a smartphone or tablet, but also in the case of various objects of everyday life. 10 months were enough to the project team to move from prototype to a large integrated chip. We’ll see if with his chip Google gets more successful than that obtained by Leap Motion.
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“6 of the coolest experiments Google’s ATAP team showed off at I/O”, TNW, May 30, 2015
“Google I/O 2015 – A little badass. Beautiful. Tech and human. Work and love. ATAP.”, Chaîne YouTube Google ATAP, May 29, 2015