According to the latest news, Facebook is also working on AR-based technologies at its Facebook Reality Labs facility apart from working on a Clubhouse clone and a kids version of Instagram. Previously, there were reports that in order to develop an AR Glass, Facebook is partnering with Ray-Ban.
Researchers at Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) have developed a new wrist-based AI technology that lets users interact with AR-based computer interfaces in the real world. Facebook has been working on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) technologies for quite some.
Recently, the company even shared its 10-year vision of a contextually aware AI-powered interface for its upcoming AR glasses. Though the technology sounds brilliant, to make it standard for the market, Facebook will have to incorporate a lot of development. Recently, Facebook announced a toned-down version of the technology that uses a wrist-based device to interact with AR interfaces. As per reports, the wearable wristband is developed by the FRL.
The wristband relies on electromyography (EMG) technology to translate electrical motor nerve signals into digital commands. The device uses various onboard sensors to detect the motor nerve signals coming from the brain to the hand. Since the device sits on the wrist, it can decode a certain motor nerve signal even before it reaches the fingers of the user.
Facebook said the technology would support simple pinch and tapping gestures of the fingers. The company claimed that with further development, the EMG technology would support richer controls in AR interfaces.
Interestingly, apart from the ultra-low friction finger-based input, Facebook is also working on a feedback system for the new HCI technology that will include advanced haptic responses that allow users to “feel” the virtual UIs and objects.
Overall, the possibilities of this technology are innumerable. By later this year, Facebook stated it will “address some groundbreaking work in soft robotics to build comfortable, all-day wearable devices and give an update on [its] haptic glove research.”