Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB) is reportedly working on technology that when coupled with AR technology will help users write texts using their minds without having to touch a smartphone.
The social media giant has lately been expanding its ventures into a wider range of technologies and this time it looks like it has selected a pursuit that sound like science fiction than reality. Imagine writing a text and sending it just by thinking it without having to touch a device such as a phone to compile the text. That is what the company is aiming at, with the help of augmented reality (AR) technology.
The development is courtesy of the Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) project that the company unveiled in 2017 during its F8 Developers’ Conference. The goal of the project is to create non-invasive AR devices through which people can write words and sentences just by imagining that they are saying those words.
“Today we’re sharing an update on our work to build a non-invasive wearable device that lets people type just by imagining what they want to say,” tweeted Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, the Vice President of AR and VR at Facebook.
Facebook is excited to be at the help of such potentially impactful developments
Facebook’s pursuit with the BCI technology may prove quite useful in the future for example in helping paralyzed individuals to text and communicate. The technology may also be implemented in other areas such as driving.
Facebook has been working closely with a University of California research team to help patients with neurological damage to speak again. Their joint pursuit aims to leverage BCI technology to identify speech patterns in brain activity in lightning-fast speeds so that those patterns are then converted into speech.
The social media company reported that it has successfully tested the technology and it is committed to advancing it and even bringing it to market in the future. However, Facebook still has a long way to go before the technology is refined. Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) chief scientist Michael Abrash noted that the technology represents a new and exciting way of interacting especially with machines in a way that has not been seen before.