Facebook’s first smartwatch is set to launch next summer, and will feature two detachable cameras for taking photos that can be shared on the social media site as well as Instagram.
There will be a camera on the front of the watch for video calling, while a 1080p camera on the back can be detached from its stainless steel frame and used to record other content. ledge.
Facebook is apparently encouraging other companies to make accessories so the Camera Hub can be attached to backpacks. The social media giant aims to break the hegemony of Apple and Google by building more consumer devices.
In the United States, Facebook is working with Wireless Carry to support LTE connectivity, which means it won’t need to be paired with a smartphone. It will be available in stores in white, black and gold, with Facebook hoping to capture hundreds of thousands of users; However, it will still pale in comparison to the millions of Apple Watches sold. It is expected to cost around $400 (£280), but that could change.
Future versions of the watch could tie it to Facebook’s upcoming augmented reality glasses, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been pushing for some time. Facebook is apparently working on a second and third generation of the device, but since it hasn’t gone into mass production yet — and doesn’t have a name yet — it may not even see the light of day.
Previous reports of Facebook’s upcoming Watch said it will focus on the company’s suite of apps — such as Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp — for messaging each other as well as integrating with apps from health and fitness companies including Peloton. do.
The smartwatch is expected to come with Google’s Android operating system, but Facebook apparently intends to design its own operating system.
Facebook declined to comment independent About the new hardware, but highlighted in a Twitter thread by Andrew Bosworth, vice president of the company’s own Reality Labs.
“We’ve said that we want AR glasses to be really useful – we’re investing in technologies across the board that will make that conversation feel more natural and intuitive. This includes research like EMG, Haptics, Adaptive Interfaces, etc. can come together in a wrist-based form factor”, Bosworth tweeted.
“Research does not always lead to product development. Creating these forms of input – for AR glasses or others – happens on parallel paths and over many iterations”, he continued.
Augmented reality glasses are going to be a major focus of many technology giants, with Apple and Google also working on their own products for a long time. The smartphone giants are unlikely to relinquish the power of the iPhone and Android platforms, respectively – but such control has proved to be a deterrent for Facebook.
Facebook has no real hardware other than the Oculus Quest and the comparatively under-utilized Portal when its attempt to build a phone flopped, while Apple’s dominance gave it serious trouble for the social media giant with its controversial ad blocking feature. allowed to influence.
Augmented reality glasses could prove to be an alternative, but Mr Bosworth said the company is “we are ready” and will share more information when it is “consulted”.[ing] Third-party experts on the possibility of a controversial product being a controversial product due to Facebook’s less-then-stellar reputation for user privacy”.
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