Facebook Neural Wristband AR
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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) Research is one part of the company you don’t nearly hear about, but today, they showcased their new wrist-controlled AR interface. Why the wrist? Well, it’s the traditional place to to wear a watch, meaning it could seamlessly fit into everyday life and social contexts, thus enabling intuitive, powerful, as well as satisfying interaction. Electromyography (EMG) uses sensors to translate electrical motor nerve signals that travel through the wrist to the hand into digital commands that you can use to control the functions of a device.

These electrical motor nerve signals let you communicate one-bit commands to your device, a degree of control that can be highly personalized and adaptable to many situations. Since EMG can understand finger motion of just a millimeter, input is near effortless, and eventually, it will be possible sense the intention by just moving a finger.

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Imagine being able to teleport anywhere in the world to have shared experiences with the people who matter most in your life — no matter where they happen to be. That’s the promise of AR glasses. It’s a fusion of the real world and the virtual world in a way that fundamentally enhances daily life for the better,” said Andrew Bosworth, who leads FRL.

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