One of the best parts of owning AirPods is the nearly phone-free experience you can have while using them. Once I put my'Pods in and start my music, I can just tap on the physical earbud to skip to the next song, or take an AirPod out to pause it. But what if you find yourself going back to a previous song more than skipping forward? Or you want to tap to pause rather than taking an earbud fully out? Well, luckily for you, you can customize the gestures on AirPods, and we've got a guide on exactly how to do it.
Using a raised eyebrow or smile, people with speech or physical disabilities can now operate their Android-powered smartphones hands-free, Google said Thursday. Two new tools put machine learning and front-facing cameras on smartphones to work detecting face and eye movements. Users can scan their phone screen and select a task by smiling, raising eyebrows, opening their mouth or looking to the left, right or up. "To make Android more accessible for everyone, we're launching new tools that make it easier to control your phone and communicate using facial gestures," Google said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 61 million adults in the United States live with disabilities, which has pushed Google and rivals Apple and Microsoft to make products and services more accessible to them.
The imperative to improve smartphone use for people with limited motor capabilities has resulted in some truly cool -- and hopefully helpful -- new features. Thursday, Google announced an expansion of its accessibility settings as well as a new app that will let people navigate their phones with facial gestures. The feature within the Android Accessibility Suite is called Camera Switches. Previously, Google let users who could not navigate phones with the touchscreens connect a manual switch device that let them scroll and select. Now, the new "switch" is an Android phone's camera and a person's face.
Google on Thursday began rolling out new Android capabilities designed to help users with speech and motor impairments navigate their devices and communicate with others. The new features were among about a dozen updates to the mobile operating system just announced. The new tools, called Camera Switches and Project Activate, use an Android phone's front-facing camera and machine learning to detect face and eye gestures. They effectively turn a front-facing camera into a switch -- an adaptive tool that replaces a keyboard, mouse or touchscreen functions. Camera Switches is a feature within the Android Accessibility suite that lets users navigate their phone with eye movements and facial gestures.
Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 12, is still under development, and Google has introduced a novel accessibility feature that relies on the phone's camera and a user's face gestures -- open mouth, smile and raise eyebrows, for example -- to initiate actions. Google included the new face gesture controls as part of the Android 12 Beta 4, which was released last week. It's the fourth and final beta of Android 12, after which we'll see a release candidate and finally a mainstream release at some point later this year. The Android Accessibility API allows developers to build features into their apps that support greater accessibility. Some of it is handled through the Android Accessibility Suite app.
When fantasies and Innovative technologies mix and gel together, the result would always be a magic to witness. Yes, Google has always been leading in bringing a lot of inventions that not only give us a wow factor but also make our day-today activities much easier. One such invention is PROJECT SOLI. It's a futuristic interface that will forever change the way we use all the technological devices, and not just wearable. A smartphone or a device with a Soli Chip would allow you to just wave your fingers in the air to naturally interact and get things done. What is Project Soli? Soli is a creation of Google's research and development lab, ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects). Project Soli has a millimetre-wave radar chip that can detect "very fine" gestures with your fingers and hands in front of your phone – without touching it. It can then be used for anything from games to web browsing using hand gestures on mobile devices, computers, and electronics. Project Soli is having
Android 11 makes numerous changes throughout the OS, including some tweaks to system navigation. Starting in Android 11, almost all devices will default to Google's new gesture navigation, which might take a little adjustment on your part. There are a few ways you can make navigation on Android 11 more to your liking in just a few taps. Android 11's quick-switch gesture lets you swipe quickly between apps without going to the overview screen. Several phones have tutorials that teach you how to use the new gesture nav system, but none of them get around to explaining the quick-switch gesture.
When it comes to motion tracking and music, you can follow the breadcrumbs including Max Mathews, Imogen Heap, Beat Saber, a growing research and Kickstarter crowd, and now potentially you. If you're a DJ using djay Pro AI on an iPad Pro running iOS 14 (utilizing Apple's Vision Framework) today's the day you join the party. An update to Algoriddim's djay software is now available, and while it includes various new tweaks, the most notable is a touchless Gesture Control interface. You'll still need your hands for track selection, volume and occasionally the fader, but you can trigger automatic transitions, filter sweeps, scratching and loops with the motion of your hands… placed carefully over an iPad Pro in a well-lit area. So, essentially an environment unlike most DJ booths, but you have to start somewhere.
Samsung's Galaxy Watch 3, which is set to be unveiled on Aug. 5 at its upcoming Galaxy Unpacked event, will include new hand control commands and support fall detection, according to XDA Developers, a mobile software forum. One feature will allow users to control the device by using gestures, such as answering a call by clenching and unclenching a fist, XDA Developers said. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 will have a speaker, allowing users to take the call entirely on the watch itself, or they can shake their hand to reject the call. Another new feature includes add support for fall detection, similar to Apple Watch devices. If a user falls, the smartwatch will ring for 60 seconds.
Google's next Pixel phone may do away with one of its predecessor's key features. According to 9to5Google, which cited sources from Google in a recent podcast, the tech giant may forego the inclusion of its Soli radar chip in its upcoming Pixel 5. Using radar, the chip enables features like hand gestures that allow users to control their device from a distance. In yesterday's show, we also touched on some things we're hearing about Pixel 5 from sources -- specifically that it will likely leave behind hobbies like Soli Specifically Soli-enabled users are able to wave a hand over phones to change music, take a call, interact with digital avatars and more. The chip will also be used to predict certain actions before users even tell the phone to carry them out. For instance, if the Pixel 4's alarm is going off, the phone will automatically quiet the ring once it senses a hand coming to shut it off.