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Today at the Demo House 2010, Nokia Research Centre unveiled an astonishing new concept – Mobile Radar. No its not the stupid screensaver you’ve been seeing advertisements of on the TV, Mobile Radar is an application that allows a mobile device to use active radar sensors and measure the speed and direction of movement of approaching objects, just as traditional RADAR would. It uses electromagnetic waves to provide a different type of mobile wireless sensing. Check out a video demonstration of Mobile Radar after the break along with the full press release.

This research concept could enable new ways for users to interact with their device, for example via gesture control. It also opens the door for the creation of radar based applications which could be used in sport, for entertainment or personal safety. In the video below, you’ll see researcher Jani Ollikainen use his hand to adjust the music player’s volume, without even touching the handset. The radar also works with an object in the way. You’ll then see fellow researchers Terhi Rautiainen and Risto Kaunisto measure the distance, speed, and direction of a human walking.

The mobile radar concept is just one of 40 demonstrations being shown publically at Demo House 2010, an event hosted jointly by Aalto University, the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) and Nokia Research Center (NRC) in celebration of their ongoing research collaboration at the Otaniemi campus.

Open Innovation and research at Otaniemi was also given a further boost by the European Institute of Technology (EIT) in December 2009 when it announced one of its five new ICT research hubs would be located at the Espoo site.

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