More details have appeared on the. The company’s next step in hardware could feature a display with dual cameras that can be detached from a stainless steel frame to capture photos and videos.
You would be able to share your captures on Facebook’s services, according to The edge. This includes Instagram, which has only officially supported phone downloads since its debut in 2010. The display unit is said to have a front camera for video calls and a 1080p rear camera with autofocus. There may be third-party accessories to which you can attach the unit. A drone prop would make a lot of sense.
Facebook’s smartwatch is expected to arrive next summer. It’s not yet clear how much Facebook plans to charge for its first smartwatch, but it could be around $ 400.
The watch might have a heart rate monitor, which might make it a tough sell for some given the company’s handling of user data over the years. The device would also offer LTE connectivity. As such, those who buy it wouldn’t necessarily have to pair it with a phone, which would reduce Facebook’s reliance on iPhone and Android devices to some extent. That said, the watch will likely use a customized version of Android, and a phone app will likely accompany it.
According to the report, later versions of the smartwatch (which are said to be already in development) will offer people a way to interact with another product Facebook has publicly mentioned: augmented reality glasses.
It’s somewhat possible that Facebook is deciding not to go ahead with its surveillance plans. However, given that the company has reportedly invested around $ 1 billion in developing smartwatches, there seems to be a low chance that this will happen.
Facebook has had mixed success with hardware over the years. While Oculus seems to be performing well, Portal smart displays don’t seem to have set the world on fire. Facebook’s brief foray into smartphones alongside HTC has been a failure. The HTC First would only have sold around 15,000 units.
Facebook VP of Augmented and Virtual Reality Andrew Bosworth replied to the latest report on Twitter. While he hasn’t confirmed his intention to release a smartwatch, he hasn’t exactly denied the details either.
“We said we wanted AR glasses to be really useful – we’re investing in technology at every level that will make this interaction more natural and intuitive,” Bosworth wrote. “This includes research such as EMG, haptics, adaptive interfaces that could come together in a wrist-based form factor.”
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