Facebook will be announcing its pair of smart glasses later on this year and the company is reportedly working on a wearable device to accompany the AR smart glasses.
The company posted on its Facebook Reality Labs blog the way the company is planning to achieve all these. The social network giant made it known that AR glasses will work alongside a sift wristband which is able to measure hand and finger gestures and give haptic feedback.
Facebook looks like it’s breaking up its neural input advances into two waves: one, a “nearer-term” development, uses “wrist-based input combined with usable but limited contextualized AI.”
The company is however looking to further explain this by offering in-depth details about the research and the furtherance of the project. It further promise details on “soft robotics research, comfortable, all-day wearable devices” and work on haptic gloves later in the year.
The technology behind Neural input is by taking measurements of electrical impulses in the body usually through the head or the arms and then convert those signals to computer inputs.
Facebook has made it its mission since the acquisition of the neural input company CTRL-Labs back in 2019 even though none of the company’s tech hasn’t made it up as Facebook product yet.
Facebook is specifically looking at wrist-based EMG (electromyography) as the way the company could explore what could be a wristband-type device first, and then haptic gloves or more expansive wearables later. Maybe this wrist-worn neural input device could eventually dovetail with reported plans for a Facebook smartwatch.
In a report obtained by CNET, the social media’s product head at the AR/VR department said that the arrival of the neural input tech this year was much more sooner than many people had expected even though it might take a number of years before it can be found on counters as a consumer product.
A recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg published by The Information also discussed the promises of neural input tech as a solution for future smart glasses.