People who enjoy using Google technology to regulate the temperature in their homes may soon have a strange new way to do it.
Droid-Life discovered an FCC filing apparently for a new Nest thermostat. Not much can be derived from this, as the shelf only says that WiFi, Bluetooth and a 60 Hz radar are supported. The last bit is important though, as it means the new Nest thermostat may support the same motion gesture controls as the 2019 Pixel 4 smartphone.
In case you haven’t seen this at this point, the Pixel 4 has a small sensor on top of the phone that reads your hand movements without you actually touching the phone. You can swipe to skip songs on Spotify or turn off your alarm clock in the morning. As I noted in the review last year, the only problem is that it didn̵
This could also have contributed to the Pixel 4’s below-average battery life. The newer Pixel 4a phone completely ruined the motion gestures and, coupled with a larger battery, took much longer on a single charge.
Google could potentially improve this and make it feel more natural and necessary for a Nest thermostat. Perhaps you can swipe left and right to increase or decrease the temperature while idling past the thermostat on the wall.
We don’t know when we’ll get official confirmation of the new Nest thermostat, but we expect at least one weird new feature if it does.