Years ago, Google introduced Pixel 4, which was unique with its Salt radar on the front, which sensed movement and allowed the phone to respond to hand gestures or, for example, recognized that a user wanted to use the phone before reaching for it and turning on the display. Despite how interesting the technology was, it did not appear in the successor.
However, this does not mean that he would disregard the technology. On the contrary, it also uses it on smart Goohle Nest Hub devices. But what it looks like the company has even greater ambitions with technology and has decided to offer them to others. As part of the CES trade fair, it therefore published an open API standard called Ripple, which is based on the project and its ambition is to bring similar technology to other devices.
The technology was published under the auspices of the CTA (Consumer Technology Association), which also organizes the CES in Las Vegas. Open technology immediately attracted a lot of partners. Among the first to be announced is Ford, which has already said to The Verge that it is exploring how Ripple could be used in its driving assistance systems.
Other Ripple partners include Google and Blumio, which develops blood pressure sensors, and semiconductor manufacturers: Texas Instruments, NXP and Infeneon. In the future, we can probably really see a wider expansion of these radars. Sengled came up with something similar right at CES, which used a similar technology for a smart light bulb.
This is how we tested the Soli radar at Pixel 4 in the newsroom: