Facebook developing smartwatch with AR control

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But a senior Facebook executive said the smartwatch was in only its early stages – and may never be released to the public. “We’re investing in technologies across the board… research doesn’t always lead to product development,” he said.

Facebook is developing a smartwatch that will act as a controller for its forthcoming augmented-reality projects. Reports claimed the device was due for release in mid-2022 and would feature multiple cameras. Detachable display

The watch’s existence was revealed by technology news website the Verge, which cited anonymous sources familiar with its development. It would feature a detachable display with two cameras that would integrate with Facebook networks, including Instagram, the site reported.

“It’s part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to build more consumer devices that circumvent Apple and Google, the two dominant mobile-phone platform creators that largely control Facebook’s ability to reach people,” the Verge said. It also reported the device was set to be a controller, linking to planned augmented-reality glasses, which Facebook has made no secret of developing. And Facebook Reality Labs vice-president Andrew Bosworth lent that version of the product credence, while dismissing the idea of a mainstream smartwatch.

“We’ve said we want AR glasses to be truly useful… to make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive,” he tweeted. We’ve said we want AR glasses to be truly useful—we’re investing in technologies across the board that will make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive. This includes research like EMG, haptics, adaptive interfaces that could come together in a wrist-based form factor. https://t.co/SMDp1mLTZ9 — Boz (@boztank) June 9, 2021
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