Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

Two days ago, Apple released watchOS 8 at WWDC21 to bring us a new dial, motion monitoring and more than a dozen new features, but this year’s WWDC did not bring new hardware, and several major system updates were limited to the details and functional level.

But it seems that another big manufacturer in California is about to make a move.

Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

The Verge

The Verge says Facebook is currently working on a new form of smartwatch. It features a smartwatch that users can take off from the strap to take photos and videos, and allows them to share those photos and videos to Facebook or Instagram through the watch.

Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

Around 2013, Facebook and HTC jointly released the HTC Salsa, HTC ChaCha and HTC First phones, which gave users quick access to the Facebook app for socializing via the Facebook button on the phone or the home screen, but none of the models gained much traction. The Facebook smartwatch will be equipped with two smartphones.

Facebook’s smartwatch will have two cameras. The camera on the front of the watch will be used primarily for video calls, and the 1080p camera on the back will be used to take better quality photos and support autofocus when the watch is detached from the wristband.

Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to use this mobile device to bypass Apple and the United States.

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to use such a mobile terminal to bypass the “domination” of Apple and Google in the field of cell phones, and to further bring Facebook closer to its users. The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, wants to use such a mobile device to bypass the mobile phone segment, which is dominated by Apple and Google, and get closer to users.

Previously, Apple had restricted apps like Facebook from collecting user data on the grounds of “protecting user privacy”.

Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

The company’s goal is to release the first version of the watch in the summer of 2022 and develop a successor in the following years.

Facebook is aiming to release the first version of the watch in the summer of 2022 and develop a successor in the following years. In planning for the successor, Facebook plans to use it as a key input device for AR glasses, and they are planning to use technology obtained from CTRL-labs, a brain-machine integration research and development company. The company has demonstrated an arm band that controls the computer through wrist movements.

In fact, Facebook became interested in smartwatches back in 2019. It had considered acquiring wearables maker Fitbit in 2019 and spent about $1 billion on smartwatch development.

Facebook to step into hardware again, may launch first smartwatch

▲Image from: Wall Street Journal

Facebook is working with U.S. wireless carriers, meaning the smartwatch can be used independently of a phone, according to people familiar with the matter, and Facebook is hoping for six-figure sales on the first sale of the watch.

This reminds us of Snapchat’s smart glasses Spectacles 3, sunglasses with cameras on the left and right sides that allow users to shoot 60 fps in HD to share on Snpchat, but the product has not been well received in the market.

Facebook has declined to comment on the matter.

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