Harman says it is to collaborate with Google for its Ara modular mobile device, while both will also work on the latter’s Technology and Projects Group (ATAP) on Project Soli, using radar to enable new types of touchless interactions.

The Soli sensor can track sub-millimetre motions at high speed and accuracy to enable precise hand gestures.

“Harman is at the forefront of engineering flexible, personalised smart audio solutions for the professional, consumer and automotive markets and we are excited to partner with Google, a long-time partner on many fronts, to bring to market totally customisable mobile devices,” said Harman Lifestyle Audio president, Michael Mauser.

“Consumers now understand they don’t have to sacrifice sound for portability and Ara will give them audio and the functionalities they want on the go.

“We look forward to collaborating with Google on other innovations incorporating smart audio in the future.”

Harman designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services.