Google appears to be preparing a new Nest thermostat, and may feature air gesture control.
According to a new filing with the US FCC Droid life, Google is building a new smart thermostat named “G4CVZ”. This thermostat will likely be nest-branded, but more interestingly, it may be equipped with Google’s Project Soli radar technology, similar to the system introduced with last year’s Pixel 4. The incorporation of Project SOLI can be made possible by 60GHz radar. Transmitter found in nest thermostat. As Ars Technica Explains, Google previously obtained FCC approval to use Soli in the 57–64GHz frequency band.
When Google first introduced Soli to the public, the company promised that the technology could detect “sub-millimeter motion of your fingers”. Solly-powered motion sense gestures on the Pixel 4 fell short of that promise, likely because Google had to shrink the Soli radar chip to fit within the top bezel of the phone.
However, a new Google Nest Learning Thermostat is likely to be larger and thus the Pixel 4 has more room to fit a larger Soli radar chip than one. If so, this chip may allow users to potentially control the new Nest thermostat. Using air gestures. The Nest Thermostat is already intuitive to use and adjusting the temperature is as easy as turning on the dial, but adding gestures will be as easy as interacting with the Nest. Imagine using a hand wave to lower the temperature of your home.
Google has yet to crack a thermostat. After acquiring Nest in 2014, the company worked independently within Google. But in 2018, the company was completely merged into Google. Nest first released a third-gen Nest Learning Thermostat in 2015, followed by the more affordable Nest E in 2017, so a new product is longer.
It is unclear whether Google plans to discontinue its new thermostat, but it may be around the same time it reveals more information about the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5.
Featured Image: Current Nest Learning Thermostat
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