Facebook owns most of the social messaging experiences today with having many popular apps in its name. However, the company aspires to be Tech-Driven for years and it has finally moved deeper into its less explored hardware realm by showcasing its new wrist wearable with an AR (augmented reality) interface.
Amidst various media reports over the giant developing competition to the Apple watch, here we have ultimately been given a sneak peek. Although, the sneak peek does not fully comply with the reports but surely is promising enough to become the direct competitor.
It appeared as a tweet on Andrew Bosworth’s timeline as a small glimpse of the new development that Facebook is working upon. Bosworth, who heads Facebook’s augmented and virtual reality research labs highlighted the company’s long term vision regarding human-computer interaction. Apparently, in the recent blog post by the company, Facebook underlined the convenience of having a device on the wrist instead of having to keep it in one’s pocket. And also, the proximity of the device and the body shall bring in much more capabilities into AR.
The device is based upon electromyography, an electrodiagnostic medicine technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. It functions by translating the electrical nerve signals into digital commands that would generate output by the simple flicking of the fingers.
In an event, the Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg had the following to say on the subject, “If you’re trying to build a watch, which we’re exploring as we talked about the wrist thing and I don’t want to call it a watch, but it’s the basic neural interfaces work that our Facebook reality labs team demoed some of our research about today. With the neural interface on the wrist, if you want that to integrate with the phone in any way, it’s just so much easier on Android than iOS. My guess is that this is an area where there probably should be a lot more focus. And I do think the private APIs are just something that makes it really difficult to have a healthy ecosystem”.
The device doesn’t have a name yet. According to Bosworth, it could take five to ten years before the technology becomes widely available. The device is going to integrate human and computer rather deeply with Facebook getting integrated by our neurons. Bosworth believes that such a shift in computing will anyway be a step further towards the giant’s main aim of connecting people.