Google only got one step closer to the ability to control a smart device through remote handcards. It won federal approval to continue its small radar project from 2015, "Project Soli", at higher power levels for better accuracy.
Google has been working on this in its experimental division for many years. Instead of tapping directly on a screen, the project suggests using gestures like rubbing thumbs and index fingers together to control a smartwatch or smart speaker.
With this technology you can potentially turn on a JBL smart speaker by moving a hand closer to it or turning the music on or off with a fingerprint. The small radar sensors inside the speaker would sense the movements of the hand.
After the first debut as a prototype, Project Soli hit a road scrap because the radar did not accurately mark user movements, and it was having trouble picking up each movement. This meant that users could only try a limited number of movements that a smartwatch could retrieve. Google assigned these issues to the low power levels that smartwatch had to operate due to Federal Communication Commission restrictions.
In March, Google searched for a FCC apostasy to operate at higher power levels. Basically, Facebook protested that giving Google higher radar levels could destroy existing technology, but after the two companies held discussions, they reached a compromise. Google agreed to reduce power levels than what was first proposed, and in exchange, Facebook backed off the opposition, according to Reuters .
On December 31
We've come out to Google to ask what the new federal approval means for Project Soli ahead and what types of products we can expect from it.