The Facebook Reality Lab is experimenting with a neural connection system that translates hand gestures into digital commands to interact with content Augmented Reality
Facebook wants to become a leader in the field of Augmented Reality. Engineers and computer scientists at the Facebook Reality Lab – the Pittsburgh laboratory where FB’s most innovative projects are developed – are working on a revolutionary device capable of integrating AR and neural networks. It is in fact a “bracelet” that detects the nerve signals of the human body and translates them into commands that allow you to interact with the content in Augmented Reality shown by the glasses for AR. The prototype is a real “man-machine” connection system (in some ways similar to the one Elon Musk’s Neuralink is working on) that uses electromyography. The latter is a typical medical technique that allows to record the electrical phenomena that accompany the contraction of the muscles of the human body. Zuckerberg’s researchers want to exploit this technique to convert finger movements into digital gestures. The result is amazing: as this video shows!
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Facebook tests a new neural connection system
Facebook’s Augmented Reality wristband and glasses also take advantage of Artificial Intelligence. The devices are in fact equipped with a predictive technology that “anticipates” the movements of the wearer by showing contextual actions based on the user’s habits. For now, the project is still in development and it is not known if and when it will come to market. What is certain is that Facebook is investing heavily in research and development of new solutions to make its range of services wider and more pervasive. That the platform of Mark Zuckerberg was much more than a “simple” social network we had already understood a few years ago. Just think of Marketplace – a true e-commerce platform fully integrated into the social network – or Catilina, the innovative tool for streaming photos and videos launched a few months ago. Now, however, Augmented Reality seems to make possible new perspectives and projects unthinkable until recently: will the future of Facebook be in AR?