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Google ‘Body Language-Reader’ Could Turn Off TV When You Dozed Off and More | ATAP Radar Technology

Google is working more on its radar technology capable of reading people’s body language and performing automated tasks. One example of this is a TV turning off once the viewers doze off.

Google Working on New Technology Called ATAP

According to the story by Wired, the feature, although sounding futuristic, could also be considered a little invasive. With that, the publication announced that a research team in Google is now working on a new technology called the ATAP.

A channel on YouTube has already been created dedicated to showing the advancements of Google’s research team when it comes to ATAP, or Advanced Technology and Products. This, however, isn’t Google’s first-round when it comes to radar technology.

Radar Technology Used by Google Back in 2015

In 2015, Google announced its Soli technology, a sensor that utilizes radar’s electromagnetic waves to read gestures and movements. The technology has first been spotted with the Google Pixel 4, which can read hand gestures to pause music or snooze alarms without the need for physical touch.

Another recent use of this technology can be found with the Google Nest Hub smart display, which uses radar technology to sense a person’s breathing patterns and movement when they sleep next to the device.

How the Soli Sensor Differs from ATAP Technology

This technology allowed the gadget to track the users’ sleep without wearing a strap-on smartwatch. The exact same Soli sensor is already much at use with the new research but differs in how the data is being processed.

With Soli, sensor input is being used in order to control a computer directly, while with ATAP, computers will already be able to recognize the everyday movements of users and thus make different kinds of choices.

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How ATAP Aims to Differ from Regular Radar Technology

As per Google’s head of design at ATAP, Leonardo Glusti, the team believes that while technology becomes more and more present in users’ day-to-day lives, it would be fair to start asking the technology itself to take on different cues from users.

Glusti notes that a significant portion of the research is actually based on the study of how humans utilize the space surrounding them in order to mediate social interactions, also known as “proxemics.”

Radar technology can detect users when they get closer to a computer and once they are entering its personal space. The potential application is that computers can also decide to perform certain actions like automatically turning on without users needing to press any buttons.

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