Gesture control thanks to Infineon-radar technology in Google Pixel 4 Smartphone
MUNICH, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether for AI, augmented reality or the Internet of Things - 5 billion people worldwide will be using smart devices to sense their environment next year according to IDC. Infineon Technologies AG has developed a 60 GHz radar chip, which enables a new form of interaction between users and their devices. Using an integrated antenna system, it senses the presence and movement of people and objects or measures distances and speeds with high precision. This chip is the base for Google's Soli technology for gesture control that is now integrated for the first time into a smartphone.
"The precise motion detection by the 60 GHz radar chip turns the Google Pixel 4 smartphone into a gesture control system. This is a revolution in the human-machine-interaction. At Infineon, we are furthermore working on the fusion of multiple sensors to simplify interaction and increase the usefulness of the devices," says Andreas Urschitz, Division President for Power Management and Multimarket at Infineon Technologies AG.
Infineon's radar technology has its roots in the automotive sector. Radar sensors have been effectively measuring distances, speeds and movements while driving for decades. Infineon has further developed these functions for small devices. The 60 GHz chip is a complete radar system with antennas on a very small area (5 x 6.5 mm) coupled with low power consumption. It can perceive movements in rooms or measure distances from objects in the millimetre range with utmost precision. With the appropriate software, the motion data translates into functions, so that control via gestures is possible without touching the device.