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The US Government Invites Google to Apply Radar-Based Hand Motion Sensors


QUX.ME, WASHINGTON - Google Alphabet Inc. unit pocket approval from U.S. regulators. to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said late Monday that it would give Google the freedom to operate the Soli sensor at a higher power level than is currently permitted. The FCC said the sensors could also be operated on planes.

The FCC said the decision "would serve the public interest by providing innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology."

A Google spokesman did not immediately comment on Tuesday (1/1/2019).

The FCC said, the Soli sensor captures movement in three-dimensional space using radar rays to allow touchless control of functions or features that can benefit users with impaired mobility or speech disturbances.

Google says the sensor allows users to press the invisible button between the thumb and index finger or the virtual player that rotates by rubbing the thumb on the index finger.

Google claims, even though this control is virtual, the interaction feels physical and responsive because feedback is generated by the haptic sensation from the touch of a finger.

Google said, this virtual tool can approach the accuracy of natural human hand movements and sensors can be embedded in wearable devices, cellphones, computers, and vehicles.

In March, Google asked the FCC to allow its short-range interactive motion sensing radar to operate in the frequency band 57 GHz - 64 GHz at a power level consistent with the standards of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

Facebook Inc. expressed concern that Soli sensors operating on the spectrum band at higher power levels might be problematic when side-by-side with other technologies.

After the discussion, Google and Facebook jointly told the FCC in September that they agreed that sensors could operate at higher power levels than were permitted without interference, but at a lower level than previously proposed by Google.

Soli devices can be operated on planes but must still comply with the rules of the Federal Aviation Administration that regulate portable electronic devices.

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