Google receives approval from the US to implement Project Soli, a radar-based motion detection device

Soli motion detection device

The move would lead to innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology.

Alphabet’s Google has recently won approval from US regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) informed in an order that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed. The FCC stated that the sensors can also be operated aboard aircraft.

The approval compliments public interest

According to FCC, the decision “will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology.” Whereas, citing the New Year’s Day holiday, Google spokesperson has not commented.

Reportedly, the Soli sensor captures motion in a three-dimensional space using a radar beam to enable touchless control of functions or features that can benefit users with mobility or speech impairments. Google informed that the sensor can allow users to press an invisible button between the thumb and index fingers or a virtual dial that turns by rubbing a thumb against the index finger.

The motion sensor can be successfully implied in multiple use cases

Google stated, “Even though these controls are virtual, the interactions feel physical and responsive” as feedback is generated by the haptic sensation of fingers touching. Moreover, it added that the virtual tools can approximate the precision of natural human hand motion and the sensor can be embedded in wearables, phones, computers, and vehicles.

The Soli can be operated aboard aircraft

According to reports, in March 2018, Google has asked the FCC to allow its short-range interactive motion-sensing Soli radar to operate in the 57- to 64-GHz frequency band at power levels consistent with European Telecommunications Standards Institute standards. Post-clearance of a few concerns, the announcement says that he Soli devices can be operated aboard aircraft but must still comply with Federal Aviation Administration rules governing portable electronic devices.