Facebook Neural Wristband AR
Photo credit: The Verge
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. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Zynga Shutting Down FarmVille Facebook
Zynga released FarmVille, an agriculture-simulation social network game, in 2009. This game had players overseeing farmland management, like plowing land, planting, growing crops, harvesting them and raising livestock. After an 11-year-plus run, this game is coming to an end, mainly due to Adobe stopping distribution as well as updates to Flash Player for all web browsers. This meant that Facebook is discontinuing support for all Flash games on the platform completely after December 31st, 2020. Read more for a video showing how the game has evolved over the past decade.

Facebook Infinite Office Virtual Reality Oculus VR
Oculus Quest 2 will be released in just a few short weeks, and to show the possibilities of the virtual reality headset, Facebook created an “Infinite Office” video. Put simply, they want to show that productivity can exist in both the virtual and real worlds, especially with many people working from home until 2021. Some may not have a large workspace for a multi monitors setup, but by placing them virtually, space does not become an issue. Read more for a video and additional information.

Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset
After an early leak, Facebook has officially unveiled Oculus Quest 2, a next generation all-in-one virtual reality headset that’s priced even lower than its predecessor at $299 USD. Featuring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 Platform, 6GB of RAM and a new display with 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, the company’s highest resolution display yet. Thanks to the increased graphics processing power, this new display is now capable of supporting 90 Hz. Read more for a video, including a hands-on review, and additional information.

Facebook Holographic VR Glasses
The problem with all current VR headsets is that they can’t be worn like you would sunglasses, that is unless…you’re talking about the new holographic glasses from Facebook Reality Labs. That’s right, these new glasses make use of holographic film, enabling the lenses to have a total thickness of less than 9mm. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

News Reporter Facebook Filter
Photo credit: Justin Hinton
It’s common practice for reporters to use social media to broadcast live nowadays, but sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Asheville television reporter Justin Hinton, who reports for WLOS, accidentally activated Facebook’s “Mystery Mask” filter generator during his live stream while covering the snowfall last week, and hilarity ensued. Read more for the video and additional information.

Facebook MIT Minecraft AI
Facebook has teamed up with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) assistant for the world’s most popular video game, Minecraft. This isn’t an AI that will help you automatically build worlds, but rather one capable of multitasking and helping users with everyday tasks outside a gaming environment. Read more for a video and additional information.

Facebook Threads App Instagram Snapchat
Photo credit: Alex Castro | The Verge
Facebook is reportedly working on a standalone messaging app that combines the best of Instgram and Snapchat into one. In other words, this companion app to Instagram will enable its users to share content, location, speed, and even battery life with close friends, in addition to standard text / photo / video messages using the service’s filters. Read more for another picture and additional information.

Anime Gadgets Facebook Instagram
Photo credit: Sheng Lam via Design Boom
Illustrator Sheng Lam wanted to put an anime-style twist on many of today’s most popular social media platforms, including Spotify, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. So, he transformed them into retro gadgets of sorts that correspond to what kind of social media platform they are, like a “Phasebook” floppy drive, “Instogram” Polaroid camera, “Soundkloud” mini disc player, and more. Read more to see them all.

Storm Area 51

As of today, over 550,000 people have signed up on Facebook to invade the secretive Area 51 base this September. How did this all come about? During the week of July 1, a public Facebook page joined forces with a Twitch video game streamer named SmyleeKun to organize an event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” an even where attendees are invited to fly out to Lincoln Country, Nevada, and “all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry” at 3 am Pacific on September 20. Many are familiar with the “cammo dudes” that patrol the base and surrounding areas, so they assume that if a swarm of people ambush the high-security base at once, they won’t be able to stop them. Read more for another video and additional information.