A neural interface startup which is hard at work on a bracelet someone can use to control computers with thoughts is the newest Facebook acquisition. According to reports, Facebook acquired CTRL-labs, which is four-year-old and between US$500 million and US$1 billion. The social media gigantic decide to pair the technology with augmented reality or virtual reality glasses.Mr. Andrew Bosworth, vice-president of the Facebook, AR, and VR divisions, broadcasted the acquisition on the social network. CTRL-lab is the New York-based startup becoming a part of Facebook Reality Labs, and the social media Facebook’s AR and VR division which was earlier known as Oculus Research.
CTRL-lab’s prize product is a wrist-worn device which measures neuron activity in a subject and then reproduces the similar motion on the computer screen. The device completed by CTRL-labs does not read minds or notice neural instincts. In its place, it picks up on electrical instincts which come from muscle fibers as they move, alike to an EMG wristband. The computer then reproduces the movement on the screen. The company statements that it has the advanced capability to individual muscle cells. In other words, the person won’t have to move their arm on the screen. Only have to think physically touching arm.
The wristband decodes signals and translates them into a digital signal device can understand, allowing with control over digital life. And, it captures intention so one can share a photo with a friend using an invisible movement. Also, Facebook has been functioning in brain computing projects for a while. In 2017, the company announced it was developing brain-computer interfaces which will permit users to type using their minds. Though it may complete like the example of real-life copying events from Black Mirror, the technology is still very much in its early stages. The company itself acknowledged at F8 that the technology was bulky, unreliable, slow and didn’t expect it to be complete for customers for many years.