Google is apparently preparing a new Nest thermostat that could have air gesture controls.
According to a recent filing with the US FCC, discovered by Droid lifeGoogle is making a new smart thermostat with the model name “G4CVZ”. This thermostat will likely come from Nest, but what is more interesting is that it may be equipped with Google’s Project Soli radar technology, similar to the system introduced with Pixel 4 last year. The recording of Project Solos could be made possible by a 60 GHz radar transmitter found in the Nest thermostat. How Ars Technica indicates that Google previously obtained FCC approval to use Solos in the 57-64 GHz frequency band.
When Google first introduced Soli to the public, the company promised that the technology could detect “sub-millimeter movements of your fingers.”
However, a new Google Nest learning thermostat will likely be larger, and therefore more room for a larger Soli radar chip than the one in Pixel 4. In which case, users with that chip could potentially control the new Nest thermostat with air gestures. Using a Nest thermostat is already intuitive and setting the temperature is as easy as turning the dial. However, adding gestures would make interacting with the nest a lot easier. Imagine using a hand wave to lower the temperature in your house.
Google doesn’t have a chance to create a thermostat itself yet. After acquiring Nest in 2014, the company operated independently at Google. However, in 2018 the company was fully integrated into Google. Nest launched the third generation Nest learning thermostat back in 2015, followed by the cheaper Nest E in 2017, so a new product is long overdue.
It’s unclear when Google will take off the packaging of its new thermostat, but it could happen at the same time that more information about the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5 will be released.
Selected image: the current Nest learning thermostat