Details on Facebook’s Hardware Projects Leak
In the last few months Facebook has been busy poaching managers, inventors and other tech wizards away from several of its competitors and housing them in Building 8, leaving them to work their magic in that secretive location. Few details of what Building 8 has been up to have emerged, that is, until yesterday when Business Insider was able to get its hands on some tantalizing hints regarding the future of Facebook’s hardware projects.
There are four projects on the burner in total, from the mundane to ones that seem to be coming straight from the pages of a sci-fi novel. A good example of the former is a drone that is being developed by a team headed up by a robotics expert known for developing a UAV that can track people in physical space. Though no details on what Facebook’s drone could do have come out, it is a big leap for a company that up to now has done exactly nothing with hardware.
Same goes for a camera that is supposed to enhance AR experiences, which is speculated could be used to bring Facebook to the masses through a headset. As Facebook owns a stake in Oculus, it could very well be that the Building 8 team is working on a piece of crossover technology, as well.
The two more futuristic projects concern one that involves a new kind of brain-scanning machine, a project headed up by a former John Hopkins neuroscientist, which could conceivably allow users to operate devices using only their mind. The last project is rumored to be medical in nature and could have cardiovascular applications, though there is little known besides that.
Though these four projects are still mostly shrouded in mystery, it seems that Facebook is taking its foray into hardware very seriously indeed. More information is expected to be revealed over the next few months.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.