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Google's Soli Motion Sensor Green Lighted

Paul Rubens - January 2, 2019 - 10:58 AM
Google's Soli Motion Sensor Green Lighted
A radar-based motion sensor system allows users to control devise using hand motions.

(CCM) — The FCC has given regulatory approval to Google's radar-based motion sensor technology which will enable users to control devices without touching them.

The technology, provisionally called Project Soli, has been three years in development at Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, which works to turn ideas into cutting edge products.

The Soli technology uses radar sensors built into chips the size of an American quarter to track slight hand or finger motions at high speed with great accuracy, according to the report. This will enable a user to adjust the volume of a device by rubbing their fingers together or sliding them through the air, as if they were using a dial or slider, or to control a smartwatch by turning an imaginary crown floating next to their device.

One stumbling block for the project has been that Google wanted it to operate at higher radar power levels than are allowed by the U.S. government. But this week the FCC granted Project Soli a waiver that allows it to operate at higher power levels, according to a Techcrunch report.

The FCC said that the technology can be used in planes because it poses "minimal potential of causing harmful interference to other spectrum users," and noted that it could also be valuable for people with mobility, speech, or tactile impairments

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