At the moment a lot of our interactions with our devices involve touch, even if it doesn’t necessarily involve physical buttons. We have seen some companies in the past, like Sony, explore the idea of interacting with our devices that don’t involve touch, but that concept didn’t quite catch on back then.
However could Google be planning on exploring and expanding on that concept? It’s hard to say given that we’re not privy to the company’s plans, but according to Android Authority, they discovered a recent FCC document which basically sees the government organization give Google the greenlight to test a radar motion sensor technology called “Project Soli”.
If you’re wondering why this sounds familiar, it is because back in 2015 Google had announced the project, although admittedly a lack of updates on the project has either resulted in people forgetting that it existed, or assumed that it was dead. As Google works on a ton of projects, it’s not hard to imagine that not all of them necessarily get made.
However the FCC document does hint that the project is alive and well. Exactly how Google plans to apply Project Soli to products is unclear, but given that it involves being able to interact with devices with our hands, the possibilities are endless and we’ll just have to wait and see what becomes of it.