Social media giant Facebook is secretly operating on a smartwatch and is intending to launch its sale next year, according to a report. The Android-based smartwatch is being developed by Facebook will be including messaging, health, and fitness features.
It is unclear whether Facebook plans for the smartwatch to operate Google’s Wear Os. Apart from the expected smartwatch, Facebook is also serving on formulating its operating system for hardware devices and coming emphases of the wearable may operate that software preferably.
The smartwatch would connect Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality headsets and Portal video chat devices as an element of the social network`s expanding hardware ecosystem.
The company is also operating on branded Ray-Ban smart glasses expected to launch by the year-end followed by a separate augmented reality research initiative known as Project Aria that is part of the company`s broader AR explorations, which is under development for some time now.
Facebook has more than 6,000 employees working on different segments and virtual reality projects and as part of surviving hardware divisions like Oculus and Portal, as well as innovative initiatives under its Facebook Reality Labs division.
Facebook has also taken control of the neural interface startup CTRL-Labs in 2019. It has been specialized in building wireless input mechanisms that include devices that could transfer electrical signals from the brain to computing devices without the requirement for traditional touchscreen or physical button inputs.
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