Facebook has begun development of a smartwatch for Augmented Reality

Facebook has begun development of a smartwatch capable of acting as a controller for future Augmented Reality projects the company will be working on.

Reports so far have claimed the device will be due for release part way through 2022 and is likely going to feature multiple cameras.

A senior Facebook executive has since denied the claims of the release date, instead stating the device may never be released to the public.

“We’re investing in technologies across the board… research doesn’t always lead to product development,”

The Verge, Revealed the existence of the possible future Facebook watch, however this was cited by an anonymous source.

the watch if coming into fruition will feature detachable display alongside two cameras integrated with Facebook networks including Instagram.

The article went on to state the what will be used as a controller linking to planned augmented reality glasses which Facebook are currently in development of.

Facebook Reality Labs vice-president Andrew Bosworth said, “We’ve said we want AR glasses to be truly useful… to make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive,” in a tweet.

“This includes research like EMG [electromyography] , haptics, adaptive interfaces that could come together in a wrist-based form factor.”

Facebook has said they will share more information when they are ready to however they have already made it clear they are looking to market augmented reality technology in the future.

Facebook also announced the concept of a controller earlier in March stating their researchers had created a wristband which was able to detect hand movements based on nerve signals.

You will need to be a Facebook customer or user in order to make the most of any Facebook VR products.

Facebook will have some fierce competition on their hands following the Google acquisition of Fitbit last year.

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