One of the nifty features we saw Google introduce in the Pixel 4 was radar-sensing technology, also known as Project Soli. Granted it might come across as novel and somewhat gimmicky, but on paper it does hold a lot of promise. So much so that Google might be considering applying it to future Chromebooks and wearables as well.
This is according to a patent discovered by Patently Apple where it revealed that Google was toying around with the idea of bringing radar-sensing technology to Chromebooks and wearables like smartwatches. According to the patent, Google suggests that the implementation of radar technology could allow users to interact with their computers in ways that might not be as convenient as using a mouse or keyboard.
For example, users designing a 3D object and are trying to manipulate it might find it easier and more intuitive to use gestures instead of clicking around on a keyboard and mouse. We’ve already seen this concept implemented in sci-fi TV shows and movies, and the use of Soli in our computers could make that a reality.
To be fair, we’ve also seen Microsoft’s Kinect offer up similar features, although the downside is that you would require a Kinect device that is usually sold separately. Baking the tech inside of a laptop itself would be considerably more useful. Unfortunately, there’s no telling if Google plans to make this a reality, so we’ll just have to wait and see.