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Google's second-gen Nest Hub will watch you sleep

Google's second-gen Nest Hub will watch you sleep

Google's got a new smart display, and trust me, it is new. The second-generation Nest Hub looks virtually identical to the original product, launched in 2018 as the Home Hub. This new device still lacks a camera, but it does have a Soli radar sensor for sleep tracking. Yes, the new Google smart display will watch you sleep, but the company stresses that it designed "Sleep Sensing" with privacy in mind. It also costs less than the first-gen display did at launch.

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Google's upcoming smart display might use radar to track your sleep

Google's upcoming smart display might use radar to track your sleep

Earlier this week, we learned that Google is preparing a new smart home device for a possible release this year. FCC documents showed it has a display screen, uses a 14V power supply, and comes equipped with the same Soli motion-sensing technology used by the Pixel 4 and Nest Thermostat. Now a new report claims that the sensor could be used to power a surprising new inclusion: sleep tracking.

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New Google smart home gadget hits FCC with Soli and Zigbee support

New Google smart home gadget hits FCC with Soli and Zigbee support

A new Google-made bit of electronics has just hit the FCC. The less than aptly-named A4R-G4CVZ is an "Interactive Device" with a confidentiality request attached to it that strips it of useful details like photos or product names. Although we aren't sure what it will be, we do know a few things about it, like that it packs Google's new radar-based Soli technology and supports Zigbee.

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Google says we haven't seen the last of Soli and Motion Sense

Google says we haven't seen the last of Soli and Motion Sense

Google launched the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a (5G) yesterday, marking the return of the rear-mounted fingerprint reader on the company's flagship phones — the innovative Soli radar and the spacious face unlock mechanism are nowhere to be seen. But in an interview with The Verge, Google hardware lead Rick Osterloh said that the radar and the gestures it enables aren't gone for good. "They'll be used in the future," he stated.

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Latest Pixel 5 leak paints most complete picture yet β€” is this the flagship you were hoping for?

Latest Pixel 5 leak paints most complete picture yet β€” is this the flagship you were hoping for?

Details about Google's upcoming Pixel 5 have been trickling out over the past few months. We've already seen 3D renders, a handful of real-life photos, and some specifications. WinFuture has now confirmed many of the phone's hardware features, giving us a better look at what to expect this fall.

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New Nest thermostat from Google hits FCC, may have Soli-like gesture support

New Nest thermostat from Google hits FCC, may have Soli-like gesture support

A new and previously unknown thermostat from Google just hit the FCC. The (probably Nest-branded) thermostat was filed confidentially, so things like images aren't included in the FCC's library of information regarding the product, but there is one very curious detail: Explicit support for 60GHz frequencies at power levels identical to the Pixel 4. These ultra-high frequency bands are only really used for a few things, and our bet is on Google's Soli motion gestures.

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Google releases Soli Sandbox app to kickstart gesture-based experiments (APK Download)

Google releases Soli Sandbox app to kickstart gesture-based experiments (APK Download)

Google first demonstrated Project Soli at Google IO 2015. Four years later, the Pixel 4 debuted the radar-based sensor as a feature called Motion Sense with the ability to detect basic gestures in front of the phone. If you happen to have a Pixel 4 and want to try out the gestures for yourself in an interactive space, or you want to go further and build your own simple apps and games, Google just released a sandbox app that brings Soli to life.

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This is what the Pixel 4 'sees' when you use Motion Sense gestures

This is what the Pixel 4 'sees' when you use Motion Sense gestures

Curious what the Pixel 4's Soli radar system "sees" when you wave your hand over it to skip tracks or reach for your phone as it automatically turns on? Turns out, the image it forms is surprisingly undetailed, with "no distinguishable images of a person’s body or face" generated. It's all about detecting motion with finely-tuned machine learning models, and the abstract picture it paints is pretty blurry.

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Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot better

Android 11 makes the Pixel 4's Motion Sense gestures a whole lot better

When the Pixel 4 landed, one of the biggest features included in the phone was a new radar-based "gesture" system called Motion Sense. Unfortunately for Google, it was pretty garbage at launch — personally, I could never get it to work right. But a new "pause" gesture is rolling out now (probably as part of an app update, but definitely included in Android 11), and across the board, we see big improvements in the overall "finickiness" of the gestures. In short, they don't suck now.

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New pause gesture for Pixel 4 Motion Sense debuts with Android 11

New pause gesture for Pixel 4 Motion Sense debuts with Android 11

A new pause gesture for the Pixel 4's Motion Sense is rolling out as part of the Android 11 update. This change isn't intrinsically tied to Android 11, but the new Developer Preview does come with an updated version of the Motion Sense app (which controls the Soli radar-based gesture system on the Pixel 4), which allows you to pause and resume media with a "tapping" gesture in the air Motion Sense uses for gestures.

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