BEACON TRANSCRIPT – After creating the biggest social online community, Facebook is now planning to improve this infrastructure and create new tools to maintain their supremacy. Thus, they created a division focused exclusively on developing hardware, called Building 8.
Building 8 was established around a year ago, and its existence has been quite mysterious so far. Facebook have revealed no information about the hardware division until recently, when some information about their innovations has leaked. The projects are set to be publicly released as soon as next month, during Facebook’s F8 developer conference.
Four hardware projects are currently in development
The rumors suggest that the Building 8 division is focusing on four projects. They involve advanced and sophisticated technology, ranging from AR (augmented reality) to brain-scanning and drones. As mentioned before, Facebook did not reveal anything official on the nature of the projects, but they have been hiring large numbers of experts in the above-mentioned fields.
For instance, among those working on the brain-scanning project there is rumored to be a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist. This neuroscientist worked on a mind-controlled prosthetic arm. Also, a cardiologist from Stanford might be working on a project involving medical devices that provide treatment.
What other products will Facebook release?
There are no more rumors on the other projects, but experts suggest that Facebook might be developing an AR technology and create a new HoloLens which would bring people in the same room. Also, there is a fifth unknown project that Facebook would only start in a few weeks, so they will reveal more when the time comes.
So far, Facebook has released only one hardware product, namely the Oculus VR headset. This release was immediately followed by a counter-release by Samsung, which started offering their mobile Gear VR free with their phones.
However, Facebook did not give up and is now planning to experiment again with the consumer hardware market. To help them in their hardware-directed efforts, they brought the former DARPA director Regina Dugan from the Advanced Technology and Products (ATAP) department of Google.
We warn you that these are only rumors and Facebook did not reveal any official statement yet. Facebook might be joining Snapchat in a release of a series of hardware products, but tech experts hope that the Building 8 project will be a little more elaborated. They hope it will not consist of a Facebook smartphone, as the company has previously attempted.
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