Mark Zuckerberg sat down with Italian eyewear maker EssilorLuxottica this week to discuss a smart eyewear project using Meta’s neural interface wristband.
Introduced last year, wearable electromyography (EMG) translates finger and hand movements into the digital world. It analyzes electrical signals traveling through the muscles of your arm to understand intent, such as whether you’re trying to move a finger or clench your fist.
“Right here [EssilorLuxottica chairman] Leonardo [Del Vecchio] uses a prototype of our EMG neural interface [electromyography] bracelet that will eventually allow you to control your glasses and other devices,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post, alongside a photo of him and Del Vecchio.
Initially developed to detect simple gestures like pinching and releasing or tapping the fingers, the wristband will eventually evolve into more advanced controls, allowing users to touch and move virtual objects. The technology is based on the work of CRTL-labs, which Facebook acquired in 2019, and captures body signals so clearly it can understand finger movement “by just a millimeter”, the company boasted. Last year.
The same wearable acts as a virtual keyboard and over time will understand users’ daily routines, such as listening to music in the morning or reading the news at night. There also appears to be plans to control smart glasses like the $299 Ray-Ban Stories, built in a multi-year collaboration with EssilorLuxottica, owner of eyewear brands Ray-Ban, Oakley and LensCrafters.
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It is unclear when the technology will be ready for the consumer; Zuckerberg’s Facebook post teased “possible” access, but provided no further details.
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