Facebook is taking an approach to its first smartwatch, which the company hasn’t confirmed publicly but currently plans to debut next summer. The device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram, The Verge has learned.
Leaked specs of the smartwatch are it has a camera on the front of the watch display that exists primarily for video calling, while a 1080p, auto-focus camera on the back can be used for capturing footage when detached from the stainless steel frame on the wrist. Facebook is tapping other companies to create accessories for attaching the camera hub to things like backpacks, according to two people familiar with the project, both of whom requested anonymity to speak without Facebook’s permission.
The idea is to encourage owners of the watch to use it in ways that smartphones are used now. It’s part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to build more consumer devices that circumvent Apple and Google, the two dominant mobile phone platform creators that largely control Facebook’s ability to reach people.
Reports claimed the device was due for release in mid-2022 and would feature multiple cameras.
But a senior Facebook executive said the smartwatch was in only its early stages – and may never be released to the public.
“We’re investing in technologies across the board… research doesn’t always lead to product development,” he said.
The watch’s existence was revealed by technology news website the Verge, which cited anonymous sources familiar with its development.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to build more consumer devices that circumvent Apple and Google, the two dominant mobile-phone platform creators that largely control Facebook’s ability to reach people,” the Verge said.
Not only this device they make many researching to developing new technologies like AR Glasses, wristband and more.
It also reported the device was set to be a controller, linking to planned augmented-reality glasses, which Facebook has made no secret of developing.