Smart homes have gone from being about the future to being the present. Today, even the smallest piece of tech can turn your living room into a smart home. Products from Amazon, Phillips and Google make it possible without having to spend thousands of dollars. Smart switches are a good starting point for many. Now, Google’s offerings have been plenty but they are now, somewhat, outdated. The last Google Nest Hub came out back in 2019. That’s almost 1.5 years ago. Now, right before the “Made by Google”, we see some product being listed at the FCC which gives us insight on what Google may be cooking under the hood.
According to this article from 9to5Google, we find out that the product under the tag A4R-GUIK2 is registered. This is registered as an interactive device with support for WiFi and Zigbee. The latter confirms it is an interactive device. It even features a wide Soli range, incorporating both spectrums from the Nest thermostat and the Google Pixel 4 from last year. This means that it goes from 58 to 63.5 GHz. Thus this goes on to say that it would be more precise in tracking gestures. Perhaps one could see its screen turning on every time a user walks by. It would also have radar technology which would allow gesture controls.
Perhaps the device, although limited information about it, would have support for air gestures. These would be like the ones on the Google Pixel 4 which failed to impress people. On a hub, it would make more sense. People would be able to change tracks, play/pause their media by being away from the device.