Google, Infineon partner on chipset for wearables that detects hand gestures

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Infineon Technologies are developing a chipset small enough to be put into wearable devices that can sense hand gestures and movements via radar.

Infineon developed the radar sensor chipset and is working with Google to integrate the device in applications such as for automotive safety, Infineon told Bloomberg.

"The chip detects motions, recognizes people and is so small it could be used in applications enabling the Internet of Things, in watches, in wearables like fitness wristbands or in driver-assistance systems," Infineon spokesman Bernd Hops told Bloomberg. "We are contributing the hardware, and Google its unique expertise on applications and user-experience interface."

Google demonstrated the technology last week at its I/O developer conference and said it wants to try and find new ways for people to interact with devices. The project, dubbed Project Silo, is part of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects research group, according to the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ noted that the chipset, about the size of a MicroSD card, beams a signal wide enough to capture hand motions and gestures and translate them into control signals for a device. That could let people control gadgets without having to touch them, according to Google. Article (sub. req.)

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