Facebook Wants Brain Control – Receipts Go Back To 2019

Controlling technology by measuring and interpreting biosignals has the ability to revolutionize how humans interact with the world. In a way, this interaction gives humans a 6th sense, in which they can control machines and virtual environments using only their thoughts and/or slight movements. Keeping this idea in mind, we consider the 2019 acquisition of CTRL Labs by Facebook.

In 2019, CTRL labs was developing a wristband that tracks user finger movement by reading electrical signals in arm muscles. This is a form of in-direct brain-machine interface technology with immense potential. CTRL labs specifically joined the Facebook Reality Labs team, in which the goal was to speed up the development of CTRL lab’s technology and get it into consumer products.

Fast-forwarding to March 18th of this year, Facebook announced that the goal is to use CTRL Lab’s technology to develop natural and intuitive ways for a user to interact with Facebook’s AR glasses, which Facebook stated in 2020 will be released this year. Facebook also gave insight into its progress so far, in which it stated that a major advantage of the electromyography-based sensors in the wristband are their sensitivity. In fact, Facebook said that the sensors are receptive enough to detect a finger moving a millimeter, indicating that the watches will work very accurately. The same announcement theorized that making a choice using this technology will be “as easy as clicking a virtual, always-available button through a slight movement of your finger”.

Although complete development and launching of this system is many years off, this type of technology can transform the way in which humans interact with technology. So far Facebook has four patent assets in the brain-machine interface sector, and will be a company to watch.

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