Facebook announced its deal yesterday (September 23) to purchase a startup that enables computers or other devices utilize in operation, human thoughts rather than taps, swipes or keystrokes.
Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of augmented and virtual reality at the California-based social network said that part of the Facebook Reality Labs will include CTRL-labs to make the technology flawless and inculcating it into consumer products.
“We know there are more natural, intuitive ways to interact with devices and technology,” Bosworth said in a post at Facebook announcing the acquisition.
“And we want to build them. The vision for this work is a wristband that lets people control their devices as a natural extension of the movement.”
According to Bosworth, the wristband will decipher electrical impulses similar to those sent to the hand muscles indicating them to move certain ways, like clicking a computer mouse or pressing a button.
Impulses will be translated into signals by the wristband in ways that devices can decode, having thoughts rather than mouse clicks or button presses prompt actions on computers, according to Facebook.
“It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to,” Bosworth said.
“Technology like this has the potential to open up new creative possibilities and reimagine 19th-century inventions in a 21st-century world.”
Bosworth explained how thought commanded interactions might dramatically change how people experience augmented or virtual reality scenarios, which currently feature hand-held controls.
However, Facebook has not mentioned the financial cost of buying New York-based CTRL-labs, but unconfirmed media reports said it paid more than $500 million.
The technology will enable people to send text messages or emails by mere thoughts instead, a situation whereby they won’t have to stop whatever they are doing to use their smartphones.