Facebook is making an augmented reality bracelet that allows you to control your computer with your brain
Does it work the way Facebook claims? Too late to tell. The product is still under research and development within the company’s Facebook Reality Labs, and I didn’t have a chance to try it out. There is still no word on when it will be released or how much it will cost.
Years ago: Facebook launched CTRL Labs in September 2019 Between $ 500 million and $ 1 billion. CTRL he worked on his own wrist-based EMG device, and himself, Thomas Reardon, who is currently the Director of Neuromotor Interfaces at Facebook Reality Labs. In a press release, Reardon said the device was “not mind-controlled.” He added, “This is not the part of the brain that controls motor information.”
AR play: The announcement is the second in a series of three planned to determine the company’s position in augmented reality. March 9, Facebook he announced that his glasses would respond in the closest environment; passing by your favorite coffee shop can create glasses to ask if you want to place an order. Facebook says it will unveil its haptic gloves and other outfits this year.
Another privacy gap? Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has invested in augmented and virtual reality in an investible way, recognizing that such products can mean access to a wealth of valuable data. In the coffee shop example above, companies (and therefore advertisers) can find out what type of coffee you prefer, where you live, and, through statistical subtraction, your demographic data, health, and other information. And given the company’s history of privacy, there are a number of reasons to be skeptical.
Editor’s note: We’ve changed Reardon’s job.