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Google Pixel Buds

A new patent approved for Google Pixel Buds.  ·  Source: Google

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According to LetsGoDigital, a new Google patent has been discovered as pending for future versions of the Google Pixel Buds and the Google Pixel Watch. Wearable technology will allow localized control using various gestures and touches to the skin directly adjacent to the ear or wrist. We’ve seen similar features with the Sony LinkBuds recently, so let’s see what makes Google’s take on this different.

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The features inside Google Pixel Buds

From what the Google patent describes, the technology will allow users control of music playback and calls with different horizontal and vertical swiping gestures as well as tapping directly on the skin. AI-assisted sensors distinguish each gesture, which is then translated to the controls linked to them. This makes it possible to answer calls with a simple tap just below your temple with the Pixel Buds, or on either side of your wrist with the Pixel Watch.

Google Pixel Buds patent

Some of the capabilities.

To make things interesting, a machine learning algorithm will help the system discern deliberate gestures from unintentional movements. This prevents the controls from being triggered like a pocket dial of sorts. Google did register the patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) back in 2020, and this has now been approved and published as of March 3, 2022. As to when we will see this “Skin Interface” incorporated into Google products, we can only wait and see.

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