A little less than a month ago, Google released a video for their new “Project Soli”, a motion recognition chip that is both incredibly tiny, and incredibly sensitive. Far more so than any other motion tracking technology available today, even surpassing all of the motion tech that was announced at E3 this year.
Now, I’m all for technology making life easier, cleaner, and better for everyone. I always get a little nervous too when stuff like this comes out, often amazing technology is exploited for making money purposes instead of for the benefit of everyone, and we’re left with hyper-expensive things that only serve to create more distance between people, and also doesn’t do much to create that much more value in our lives at the end of the day.
And yet, as technology is constantly moving forward and that train doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon, it appears as though the best we can hope for is to find the things that do make our lives better, and implement them as best we are able over and over, and ideally in such a way that brings people together so that we may once again recognize that infinite connection between all of us. Perhaps technology can serve as a mechanism for just that connection, and its just about building the right tools.
Anyways, here’s the video showing what Google has been up to.
Perhaps it is just a fancy gimmick that can be used to sell a whole bunch of new laptops, tablets and phones… but perhaps, just perhaps it has the potential to be something so much more.
What if through the evolution of technology like this could create immersive multi-user experiences that go beyond just point-and-click?! There are so many possibilities, imagine a massive monitor (or ideally, a hologram) that you can do anything you want on with as many people as you can fit into the screen.
I’m imagining a 3D animation program where you sculpt with your hands, and you can have 6 people using it at once, all working on different parts of the same model.
Perhaps even more intricate, the ability to measure your entire body’s vitals and rhythm and relate them to each other in any given moment.
You could analyze how people are feeling and even correlate the data to explain why, to support each other through hard times and lift them up in exactly the way that they might need to. (Granted, you also don’t need a computer to do that, but for those who don’t know how to be supportive, it could be a powerful learning tool!)
Taking this a step further, could we in the future access the internet through our own minds? As in, you’ve got a device just like this that doesn’t read movements, but thoughts…
The entire navigation of the web could take place entirely in your mind, including the communication with each other. (Preferably without needing to implant chips in our brains, thank you very much).
Just something fun to think about as we continue to roll forward into the future. Ultimately, it’s going to be up to the developers to see what they can really do with new stuff, including the stuff that they create from scratch.
And if you’re a developer out there and you want to make some cool stuff…
Well let us know, we’d very much like to work with you on some human-connection technology ourselves.