Acconeer and Imagimob Combine Radar Technology and Edge AI for Gesture Control Applications

November 12 2019, 00:30
By combining Edge AI software from Imagimob, a company specializing in artificial intelligence development, with Pulsed Coherent Radar technology from Acconeer, the radar sensor specialists, the two Swedish companies have created an innovative platform for gesture control that is perfect for consumer electronics products. Scheduled to be demonstrated at CES 2020 (January 7-10) in Las Vegas, the solution will be implemented for application with wireless headphones, trained to recognize five hand gestures with high accuracy and close to zero latency. 

Imagimob and Acconeer have made a long-term agreement to provide solutions based on the combination of their Pulsed Coherent Radar and Edge AI technologies. While the headphones demo for CES 2020 is the first exciting result of this deep cooperation agreement started in May 2019, the two companies are working on several other projects together in robotics and also in applications for the automotive industry.

The market for small, accurate radar sensors combined with AI is rapidly becoming a growing business, which is shown by a number of recent commercial product launches. AI + Radar is a perfect match that can solve many different needs in markets for consumer electronics and other embedded systems where size, cost, and power consumption are key constraints. Headphones is a good example of this kind of product, where gesture control using radar and AI makes it possible to provide a smother, safer, and more intuitive interface for the user.

The A111 radar sensor is a low power, high precision, pulsed short-range radar sensor with a footprint of only 29 mm2. The small size and low power consumption make it ideal for integration into compact battery-driven devices. With the release of the new XM122 IoT module, using an Arm Cortex-M4 CPU, optimized for low power consumption and with wireless capabilities such as Bluetooth added, prototyping and integration in small devices with no room for a touch screen have been even further improved.

This first joint project Imagimob and Acconeer have been working on proves that the A111 sensor can be fitted into small wearable devices such true wireless earbuds. The technology can be made to fit into all types of headphones including over-ear, on-ear and even in-ear headphones.

The gesture application, developed using Imagimob AI in close cooperation with Acconeer, is a set of software tools and algorithms for Edge AI applications, enabling small, low-power devices with intelligence and data processing capabilities for actionable insights in real-time. This allows applications pre-trained with data for use in all kinds of products, where the output from Acconeer’s radar is ideal.

The gesture-controlled solution will be showcased exclusively by appointment at CES in Las Vegas, January 7-10 2020. Please contact Acconeer or Imagimob by email to schedule a demonstration.​ |
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