On Monday, the 1st of January 2019, search engine Google got a waiver from FCC to operate Soli sensors at a wider scale. According to one of the concerning authorities of Federal Communications Commission, the waiver has been given by taking public interest into prime consideration. The concerning figure also told the reporters that the technology will also make a revolution as it can be operated easily with the help of simple gestures made by humans.
Google is yet to comment over the waiver granted by the commission since Google’s headquarter and all operating branches were closed on 1st of January due to a public holiday.
Furthermore, in an interview, a spokesperson from FCC told the reporters that the technology basically captures movements in 3D space, with the help of radar beam. The concerning figure also told that Soli program would be very beneficial for users who are suffering from speech impairments and mobility issues.
Previously, a representative of Google had told the reporters that in a Soli program a user can easily press on an invisible button with the help of thumb and index finger. On the other hand, a user can also tune the button by rubbing thumb and index finger. Soli devices can be used on aircraft, but it is mandatory to take thorough compliance with Federal Administrations which govern Aviation laws.
Soli imitates the motion of a human hand
The representative of Google further told that the program works on haptic sensations and that’s the main reason why a virtual interaction feels very physical. The representative also told that the Soli program imitates the motion of a human hand and that’s the reason why it can be used in vehicles, mobile phones, clothing, etc.
Soli basically works on the principle of RADAR system. It basically uses radio waves in the correct determination of the range and velocity of an object. In the process an electromagnetic wave is targeted on a moving object, the target then radiates back the emission, and some of it reaches back to the radar. With the help of radar, the velocity and range can be determined.
Facebook had raised concern
Back in March 2018, Google had contacted FCC in regard to get a waiver for the use of Soli program at a frequency range of 57 to 64 GHz. In regard to Google’s request, Facebook had raised concern, the spokesperson of Facebook told FCC that high range of Soli’s operability could disrupt other technologies.
After six months both, Google and Facebook talked to FCC and propagated that, Soli can operate at high frequency without causing any hindrance to any other technology.