Facebook’s AR-Powered Wristband Controllers Taps Into Your Nerves

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You might be aware of Facebook’s intention to jump into the Augmented Reality (AR) world. Keeping their AR objectives in mind, the social media giant has now come up with new AR wristband controllers that will have wrist-based interactions for its futuristic AR products.

Facebook AR wristband in action
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This particular system comes with a wristwatch-like device that can read signals directly through your nerves. It will help you interact with various applications using gestures. This futuristic system will allow ambient computing when we’ll be surrounded by screens around us. Using these wrist-based controllers, you’d be able to eliminate button-based and touch-controlled interfaces.

Facebook AR wristband
Image: Facebook

The wristband makes use of electromyography that requires sensors to translate electrical signals generated by our neurons into electric or digital commands. This means that the AR app will be able to intercept the signals and what you intend to swipe on a screen, using the wristband.

According to Facebook Reality Labs researchers, someday this AR controller will offer various capabilities and likeability to touch virtual objects and interfaces. This technology will also help you type at a higher speed on a virtual keyboard.

Why an AR wristwatch?

You must be wondering why Facebook came up with a wrist controller, as voice commands are quite intuitive. Well, the voice commands may be intuitive but these are not private – especially when you use them in public areas.

Facebook decided to create the wrist controllers because wearing a wristwatch is commonplace and people are often accustomed to wearing a watch. Since this AR band is intended to be worn like a wristwatch, it will be quite comfortable to wear all day long.

Besides, a wrist-based wearable also serves as a platform for batteries, computers, and antennas. Meanwhile, it supports various sensors. With the help of EMG (electromyography) sensors, it’s easier to translate electrical nerve signals traveling through the nerves. These signals are great for communicating cleanly with one command, unlike voice commands that may be hindered due to background noises.

The signals coming through the wrist are very crisp and clear that EMG can easily understand an individual’s finger motion. This means that there’s effortless input.

Adaptive interfaces with intelligent click

It may save a few seconds on every interaction, as every second matters when using an AR device. Probably, the subtle gestures will not derail you from the flow of movement. Just imagine, how much time will be saved if you stop browsing through various apps and simply open the right app before interacting with the digital media?

In order to let AR glasses improve your life, it’s important to remain present and be active at the moment. So, we require an adaptive interface to gently surface digital information when it is relevant and further fades away to the background naturally.

AR wristband opening endless possibilities

With the help of various sensors on your wrist, you can easily interact with various virtual objects, as well as control your room’s ambiance in an effortless way. According to Facebook researches, the AR wristband will eliminate the dilemma of choosing between the real and the virtual world.

All thanks to wrist-based, ultra-low-friction input, AI-powered adaptive interfaces and haptic feedback can interact with new smart devices to seamlessly improve our lives. And this gives us all some of the richest opportunities that we can only imagine at this moment.