Google's Project Soli

The FCC has approved Google’s Project Soli. Thus, the contactless gesture control by radar could now be installed in devices and brought to market.

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Division (ATAP) presented the soli technology – as well as the touch operation of Project Jacquard – for the first time as part of the in-house developer conference I / O 2015, causing a sensation in the world of technology. First functioning products with built-in soli chip followed a year later . Only now has Google for its Project Soli but the permission of the US authority FCC received, as Reuters reported.

Project Soli: FCC sees public interest in radar gesture control

The background to the delayed decision is that Google wants to operate the Soli sensors with higher frequency bands than usual in order to improve the accuracy of the inputs. Facebook and other corporations, however, had expressed concerns to the FCC . They feared that radar gesture control could disrupt existing technologies. These concerns now seem dispelled. The FCC granted Google special permission due to public interest. The permit also applies to aircraft use.

With Project Soli, inputs can be made without touching the device, as a user rubs his thumb and forefinger together. Instead of cameras as before, for example, in the Kinect control from Microsoft Google relies on radar. As a result, the necessary sensor can be as small as a penny piece and can be installed in smart watches or smartphones.

Now that the FCC has allowed Google to certify and market Project Soli , the first devices may be launched. Whether Google itself is working on the development is unclear. In 2016, Harman and LG had shown on the I / O devices with integrated project soli sensors. Especially for the operation of smartwatches with their small displays, a gesture control could make sense. Google points out that Soli could also help users with disabilities.

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