Google’s design team is looking at ways to use radar technology to detect a person’s proximity and have technology respond automatically, without having to use wake words such as “OK Google,” the company said in a blog post Tuesday. This could be as simple as pausing a YouTube video when a person walks away.
The, called Soli, has been in development for the past six years. The idea isn’t to only have technology react to a person’s movements, but impart a “social intelligence” on technology so that it may “participate in our daily life in a more harmonious and considerate way.”
The idea is for technology to blend more into the background. It’s what Google calls, or when technology becomes so integrated that humans won’t even notice.
While Google still primarily makes, the company is investing heavily in artificial intelligence to achieve an ambient computing future. Google-parent Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai made AI and ambient computing a focal point at earlier this year, the company’s yearly developer event.
With the launch of theand earlier this year, Google put an emphasis on its . Considering that in the US, creating a futuristic ecosystem of devices will likely be necessary to continue competing.
It’s still uncertain when people might see Soli’s radar tech in home devices, but with the, it could be the flagship showcase device for Google.
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