Google has been publicly building tiny radar chips since 2015. They can tell you how well you sleep, control a smartwatch, count sheets of paper, and let you play the world’s tiniest violin.
The consumer technology Association (CTA) is the same industry body that hosts the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas each January. There’s little question who’s actually behind the project.
The site is filled with references to Google, including several instances of’copyright 2021 Google LLC’. Users have to sign a Google open source license agreement to participate.
Radar is a technology that can detect whether someone’s present, nearby, and/or telling their device to do something without needing a microphone or camera. Soli might find new life, but there may be something to the idea that radar has privacy benefits.
Ford says indoor radar might become part of its driver-assistance technologies. The automaker says it’s using’advanced exterior radars’ to research those features.
A standard API will allow software teams to innovate across multiple radar platforms. The software team will develop software independent of the hardware sourcing.