A week or so ago, Google announced yet another ambitious project, named Soli. Essentially a radar, the device is designed to add a new dimension to the human interface: motion capture. This video demonstrates the technology in action:

The footage shows enormous potential for application for existing media devices, such as tablets, radios and smartwatches, focusing predominantly on entertainment. The area that hasn’t been explored in great detail at this stage is the array of possible business applications that this technology can open up.

Just as the touchscreen, a revolutionary technology that gained mainstream adoption in consumer electronics but can now be seen in a variety of business contexts (ranging from reception desks to forklift trucks, and beyond), Project Soli can provide opportunities for ground-breaking industrial solutions that rely on interactivity and precise control.

It is not hard to imagine presentations becoming more immersive as the audiences gain an opportunity to interact with the subject of the presentation just by using their hands, which can make the communication of clear value propositions easier. However, industrial applications where a precise level of control is needed can add an enormous amount of value to areas where certain technological limitations have been proven to restrict progress – or even cause damage.

Medical industry can benefit enormously from Soli, as remote control of surgical equipment can make distant (i.e. intercontinental) procedures possible, providing patients with access to professionals on another side of the globe. Other industries where precise real-time control is required to improve performance can also yield significant rewards – and early adoption is crucial to creating a competitive advantage within those.

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