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Is Google’s Soli Radar Chip Defining the Future of Sleep Technology?

Antonio DeRose
Written by Antonio DeRose

Using biometric readings on your phone or other devices to measure, track, and calculate different variables of your lifestyle and habits to find ways for improving your overall health and wellness is nothing new, but Google may have just changed the game when it comes to sleep technology. Google recently released their Soli radar chip, to be first used in the Google Pixel 4, and it may be defining the future of sleep technology.

According to Google [1], Soli started with the goal of creating a powerful radar that was small enough to fit into a smartwatch. After several rounds of research and development, working with the world’s leading engineers and tech teams, they created the Soli radar chip. With its innovative design, it can track and analyze the quality of sleep with greatly improved accuracy.

By emitting electromagnetic waves in a broad beam that reflects the device, Soli can process the variations of the reflection, distinguishing between complex movements. Its measurements are accurate; it can determine detailed characteristics such as size, shape, orientation, material, distance, and velocity. The accuracy of these details provides for more reliable data points. More reliable data points mean more accurate analysis, which can lead to very precisely individualized suggestions for improving your health, which is where the Soli may be defining the future of wearable sleep technology.

Although all of this is great for consumers looking for better quality sleep, the Soli does have room for improvement. Because it uses electromagnetic waves, it doesn’t use heart rate or direct motion for measurement. This makes Soli lack the ability to correctly identify between sleeping, and activities with little movement, like watching TV. Combining other biometric readings, like heart rate measurement, may further increase the accuracy of your sleep analysis, resulting in the most accurately personalized sleep solutions.

 

References:

Google. Soli Technology. https://atap.google.com/soli/technology/

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