Earlier this week, an FCC document showed that Google is developing a new version of its Nest Hub smart display. According to a report released by 9to5Google on Thursday, the company will release the device later this year and will use its Soli technology for sleep tracking.
Soli (most likely you deleted it from memory) is Google’s radar emission sensor. The company’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) department detailed the technology at the 2015 I/O conference, but it didn’t make its way into consumer devices until Google released the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL in 2019.
Soli provides more boxed features for some of these phones, including MotionSense, which allows you to wave your hand above the display to skip songs.
Therefore, there is a precedent for Google to include this technology in its smart home devices.
The Nest Hub already looks a bit like an alarm clock, and because it does not have a built-in camera, sleep tracking in the bedroom may be more popular. But I still have some questions about how it works.
If Google finally adds a Soli chip to its next Nest Hub, that will be one of the most obvious uses of the technology since Pixel 4. Pixel5 does not include sensors and is the only other device owned by Google.
The second-hand Soli is located inside its new Nest Thermostat, which utilizes a more limited version of the component to assist in motion detection.
The FCC uploaded documents earlier this week that the Soli chip inside the new Nest will have the same technical capabilities as inside the Pixel 4. It is not yet clear how effective Soli’s sleep tracking is, but 9to5 said that Google can use the ability of sensors to recognize fine gestures to detect when to toss and fall asleep.
The site also recommends that Google add sleep tracking to the Nest Hub partly because it gives you another reason to put the device on your bedside table.
There is no exact release date or pricing news yet, but Google will definitely make room for mid-range smart displays, which are priced between the $90 Nest Hub and the $230 Hub Max.