Google’s revolutionary motion sensing technology Soli gets FCC approval

Google’s revolutionary motion sensing technology Soli gets FCC approval

Examples such as Google Glass and Google Duplex come to mind, but there are plenty of others.

Back in 2015, Google first demoed Project Soli at Google I/O conference.

Alphabet Inc's Google unit has won approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a miniature radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli, meant to herald touchless control of technology.

Since Soli works on radar frequency range which is not intended for consumer usage, Google asked FCC for waiver.

A Google project that will allow users to control their devices using their fingers in thin air is one step closer to reality after receiving approval from United States authorities. I hope Google is ready to commercialize this technology really soon. "We further find that grant of the waiver will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology".

However, the two companies later agreed that the sensors could operate at power levels higher than are now allowed but lower than Google had originally proposed.

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Project Soli sensors capture motion in a three-dimensional space using radar beams, and allow users to do computational tasks with gestures.

Google says the sensor can be embedded in wearables, phones, computers and vehicles.

In its order, the FCC said: "We find that the Soli sensors, when operating under the waiver conditions specified herein, pose minimal potential of causing harmful interference to other spectrum users and uses of the 57-64GHz frequency band, including for the earth exploration satellite service (EESS) and the radio astronomy service (RAS)". It's unclear why Facebook is interested in this particular gesture-based interaction method for controlling smart devices.

Now Soli has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow the technology to work at higher power levels. The social network told the FCC in September that it expects a "variety of use cases to develop with respect to new radar devices, including Soli".

Google just got a major go-ahead in the development of its "Minority Report"-style gesture-based interface".

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