Mark Zuckerberg teases neural interface wristband that will let users control other devices


Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg teased a new smartglasses project with EssilorLuxottica on Wednesday, posting a photo of the eyewear company’s president sporting a prototype neural-interface wristband — designed to direct other devices.

“Here, Leonardo is using a prototype of our neural interface EMG (electromyography) wristband that will eventually allow you to control your glasses and other devices,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, referring to EssilorLuxottica President Leonardo. Del Vecchio. He closed his post with a smiling emoji wearing sunglasses.

Facebook – which changed its name to Meta Platforms in October said in a blog post last year that it planned to develop a wristband that would control augmented reality glasses, allowing users to interact with a virtual world by using finger movements.

Zuckerberg was in Milan to discuss plans for new smart glasses with the eyewear company, he said.

Tech companies Amazon.com, Apple and Alphabet’s Google have moved into the wearable tech space, developing augmented reality glasses in a bet they could one day replace mobile phones. Google has also embraced fitness tracking technology by acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion (roughly Rs. 15,992 crore).

In 2020, EssilorLuxottica and Meta Platforms announced a multi-year collaboration to develop smart glasses. They are currently selling frames like the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer model which are integrated with technology, allowing the wearer to take photos and listen to music and calls, starting at $299 (approx. Rs. 22,700) .

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