Tech giant Google has got approval from the U.S. government regulators to set up its Project Soli radar motion-sensing technology in the real world. The FCC’s approval (Federal Communications Commission) on late Monday this week means that Google can now run its Soli sensors at higher power levels than previously conceded. The agency stated that the technology can also be utilized on aircraft.
According to the reports, Project Soli sensors depend on radar technology to detain motion within a 3-Dimensional space. The idea is to allow touch-less control of computing devices which could help clients with mobility and speech impairments. For instance, the sensors would enable the users to press an invisible button between their thumb and index finger or turn a pragmatic dial by rubbing their thumb against a finger. The sensors that can be embedded in smartphones, PCs, wearable devices and vehicles, also offer haptic feedback so that users will feel a reply when they interface with them. Project Soli sensors can also be utilized to sense objects in a similar fashion to computer vision tech. But in place of perceiving the objects, it detects them by radar and utilizes this input to establish what the object is.
Benefits of utilizing a radar-based approach to object classification include being able to perceive objects in the dark and notice what materials they are made of. The news reports also reported that the issue was that Google wanted Project Soli sensors to operate in the 57-to-64-GHz frequency band at power levels consistent with European Telecommunications Standards Institute standards. But Facebook has been working on its own technology to run at 60 GHz and has already has developed a sizable 60 GHz network in San Jose, CA. Though, the two companies later agreed that the sensors could run at power levels higher than that are currently enabled but lower than Google had originally proposed. The FCC has now offered its rubber stamp on the compromise that means Google can move ahead and roll out its sensors.