Google launches Ripple which could bring tiny radar in more devices

By Hemaja Burud

January 09, 2022

Google has released an open-source API standard called Ripple, which is a type of small radar chip, and Ripple may bring the technology to devices other than Google's.

Experts from the silicon, sensing, automotive, and electronics sectors have collaborated to provide open and standardised API interfaces for the creation of radar systems.

Previously tiny radar chips have been used by Google for its smartwatches and it even featured in the Pixel smartphone. However, Ripple could perhaps be used in a car as well

Notably, the American automaker Ford is one of the participants in the new standard. Ripple is a project under the Consumer Technology Association but the details about the project head are not known.

With the following statement, Ford told The Verge that indoor radar might become a component of its driver-assistance technologies: Other firms are looking into radar as well.

Ford wants to use Ripple to "improve multiple client experiences" in addition to its current driver-assist systems. That feature is now dependent on advanced exterior radars, but a common API like Ripple might allow the automaker to build software without having to rely on the proprietary radar gear it currently uses.

Furthermore, the Ripple project on Github is littered with Google references, including multiple instances of "Copyright 2021 Google LLC," and contributors must sign a Google open source licencing agreement in order to join.

Non-invasive wellness monitoring allows for contactless vital sign measurement and sleep tracking for home and clinical use. Human activity recognition can understand a person’s position and orientation, detect falls, help direct pedestrian traffic, track exercise, and more.

Some of the applications of Ripple include:

Touchless gesture controls expand the way humans interact with their cars, appliances, consumer electronics, and more. Occupancy detection can be used to optimize usage of office buildings and public spaces. In addition, advanced motion detection enables privacy-preserving security monitoring.

Some of the applications of Ripple include: