Facebook acquires startup to work on mind-controlling machines

Facebook announced to the public on Monday 23rd September 2019 about its deal to buy a startup working on various ways to command computers or other technological devices using thought instead of taps, swipes or keystrokes. According to the vice president, Andrew Bosworth, of augmented and virtual reality of the California-based social network, CTRL-labs will become part of Facebook Reality Labs with an aim of perfecting the technology and getting it into consumer products.

 “We understand that there are more natural, intuitive ways to interact with devices and technology,” Bosworth said in a post when Facebook announced the acquisition.

“And we want to build them. A wristband will be created to allow people to control their devices as a natural extension of the movement.” Bosworth further explained that the wristband will be able to decode electrical impulses such as impulses sent to hand muscles telling them to move certain ways like clicking a computer mouse or pressing a button.

The wristband will be used to translate impulses into signals in which a device can understand, having thoughts rather than mouse clicks or button presses prompt actions on computers.

“It will capture your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using just a movement or just by, well, intending to,” 

Andrew Bosworth spoke on how thought-commanded interactions might dramatically and drastically alter how people experience augmented or virtual reality scenarios, which currently feature hand-held controls. Facebook did not disclose financial terms on how much the CTRL-labs would cost, but unconfirmed media reports said it paid more than $500 million.

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