Researchers at Scotland's University of Saint Andrews have just developed a new sensor that may revolutionize many different sectors very soon. This radar-based system, which is called RadarCat, currently shows an uncanny ability to distinguish different objects. A video of the RadarCat's efficacy has just been released on the university's official website.
This radar was developed using the technology developed in Google's Project Soli. The Project Soli sensor was only designed by Google to detect finger movements, but the team at St. Andrews discovered that this scanner could be used to distinguish between different objects by analyzing their frequencies. The scanner is static whenever it is left alone, so by placing different objects on top of the scanner it can distinguish different frequencies very easily.
In a video released by the St. Andrews team, they show the RadarCat correctly identifying various objects around the office. Just a few of these objects include an empty glass, a glass with water, a book, and even the specific brands of various cell phones.
The developers of the RadarCat first hope that this technology will be able to help visually impaired people identify objects with greater ease and specificity. The researchers are currently looking into building an app that will be compatible with the RadarCat for this purpose.
Since the Project Soli scanner will be incorporated into many new phones developed by Google, the staff at St. Andrews wants to share their RadarCat technology with Google in the future. They hope to incorporate RadarCat's wonderful features into many of Google's new devices.
With the right apps, St. Andrews knows that this new technology can be a disruptor in the health and wellness sector. The St. Andrews team showed that the RadarCat can scan different fruits and provide people with a detailed list of nutritional benefits instantly. Of course, with more development, this scanner will be able to tell the nutritional benefits of any food product. Perhaps it might be able to help people keep tabs on their intake of carbs, vitamins, and calories in the future.
The RadarCat can also scan a person's body and recognize different body parts. This could greatly help patients keep track of their health. If an app were developed to scan and give detailed information on a person's specific health, this could be a monumental shift in how people think about medical care and medical documentation.
Another industry the RadarCat might be helpful in is food services. Just as one example, the RadarCat was shown to know when a glass was full of liquid or empty. If these scanners were placed on tables at restaurants, they could possibly send information to the waiters and let them know when a customer's glass of water was empty.
Of course, the list of possible applications for this new technology is endless. The St. Andrews team has publicly talked about next getting involved in navigation industries, chemical laboratories, and industrial factories. One thing that is certain, however, is that the RadarCat will become a major part of people's lives as the 21st century wears on.