Google wants to transfer device management to smart cords
Google research team has developed a new technology for managing various devices and gadgets using electronic textiles.
A team from the company’s artificial intelligence department has developed a smart electronic textile lanyard, using which a person can intuitively control any device. System is capable of recognizing six options for manipulation: rotation, twitching, sliding, squeezing, grabbing and hitting. This list can be expanded due to the fact that actions can be performed with different intensities and in any direction..
Inside such textiles, there are no metal wires at all, instead of which eight woven sensory filaments are used, generating their own electric field. The strands are connected to sensors to detect various types of interactions such as object proximity, contact area and time, pressure and rotation.
The system uses a special algorithm to process this information and distinguish between finger touch from hand, impact from squeezing, and so on. The team used machine learning and 864 gesture patterns to teach the algorithm to correctly detect movements, regardless of the user’s hand size and direction of movement. As a result, the system is capable of identify gestures with 94% accuracy.
While the technology is still in its infancy, the Google team unveiled a prototype of an e-textile manipulator in the form of a smart cord and demonstrated some options. its use. In the future, the developers plan to improve the system for interacting with wearable devices and the ability to integrate with everyday clothes..
The company’s research has shown that manipulating electronic textiles takes less time than pressing buttons and is comparable to touch surfaces because it does not require finding specific touch points..
We also previously reported that scientists have developed textiles that are capable of generating enough electricity. for charging mobile devices and wearable gadgets.
text: Ilya Bauer, photos and videos: YouTube / Alex Olwal Google AI