Google is seemingly preparing a new Nest thermostat and it may have air gesture controls.
According to a new submission to the US FCC, spotted by Droid-Life, Google is making a new smart thermostat with the model name “G4CVZ”. This thermostat will probably be Nest, but more interestingly, it may be equipped with Google’s Project Soli radar technology, similar to the system introduced with last year’s Pixel 4. Project Soli can be turned on with 60 GHz radar transmitter found in the Nest thermostat. Like Ars Technica points out that Google previously received approval from the FCC to use Soli in the 57-64 GHz band.
When Google first introduced Soli to the public, the company promised that the technology could detect “sub-millimeter finger movements.”
The new Google Nest training thermostat is likely to be larger and thus have more room to place a larger Soli radar chip than the one in Pixel 4. If this is the case, this chip could potentially allow users to control the new Nest thermostat using air gestures. Using the Nest thermostat is now intuitive and adjusting the temperature is as easy as turning the dial, but adding gestures would make interacting with the Nest much easier. Imagine using hand wool to reduce the temperature in your home.
Google has not yet made a crack in creating the thermostat itself. After acquiring Nest in 2014, the company operated independently at Google. But in 2018, the company was fully merged into Google. Before that, Nest launched the third generation Nest Learning Thermostat in 2015, followed by the more affordable Nest E in 2017, so the new product is long overdue.
It is not clear when Google plans to remove the packaging from its new thermostat, but it could happen at the same time as it reveals more information about the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5.
Recommended image: the current Nest Learning thermostat