All You Need to Know About Facebook’s Neural Wristband
Augmented reality in a wristband is a new innovation.
Facebook never fails to impress when it comes to technology. This time it is a neural wristband. This
is an invention where the company claims that you can control the computer using your brain.
Facebook has relied on AI for a variety of tasks. The company says that the wristband would be able
to translate the motor signals from your brain and you’ll be able to move a digital object just by
thinking about it. As far as appearance is concerned, it looks like a smart iPod that’s wrapped across
your wrist. Though Facebook’s neural wristband has not been named yet it is quite confident that
the device would allow the user to navigate augmented-reality menus.
There definitely is a lot that goes behind its design and development. In order to track and detect
movements, sensors are deployed. It employs electromyography (EMG). The purpose of this is to
interpret the electrical activity. In other words, EMG is behind transforming the neural signals into
actions. Here, the information is sent from the brain to the hand.
It was in the month of September 2019 that Facebook acquired CTRL-Labs. Since then, all the initial
technology was developed by CTRL-Labs. Facebook plans on taking these EMG wristbands to the
next level by integrating them with day-to-day computing.
What made Facebook come up with this idea of a wristband?
The reason why the company opted for this goes back to how Augmented Reality was welcomed
among people across the globe. Augmented Reality has seen a vast number of applications and one
of the most successful ones has to be Pokémon Go. As known to many, the game required the
players to search for Pokémon characters in their neighborhood. This game has seen probably the
best application of AR and has seen immense popularity for quite some time. But, the craze for this
game wasn’t constant, as it was assumed to be. However, this is just one part of the story.
There has been a rise in the number of companies that shifted their gear to the world of Augmented
Reality. With time, the companies struggled to make a mark using this technology. People didn’t find
the end product/service to be appealing and user-friendly to the extent that they’d continue with it.
It was during this time when Google Glass and Snap Spectacles made their way into the market.
Contrary to what the companies expected, people weren’t showing any keen interest in these
products. This is where Facebook stepped in. It aims to carve a niche for itself with its wristband that
it claims to be user-friendly and loaded with features.
Now the real question – Can Facebook’s neural wristband truly live up to what it claims to achieve?
Well, this is too soon to make judgments here. The company has just announced what it is planning
to come up with. Since the product isn’t out yet, it doesn’t make any sense to talk about how
efficient the band would be. This unnamed wristband is still in the R&D stage and there aren’t many
details out yet. There’s a long way to go before any view or judgment is made. On the same lines,
there isn’t any information about when this band will be released, what would be its cost, etc.
So far, Facebook has made extensive use of AR in most of its applications. There was a lot of data
about people with the company, needless to say. Talking about these neural wristbands, they’d be
collecting a lot of data. Facebook does have any kind of program whatsoever to examine the privacy,
safety, and security implications of such technology. This is where people need to trust that a lot of
data based on how their body moves is being collected and still be okay with it. Also, considering
how the company stands as far as privacy is concerned, there definitely is a reason to be skeptical.