Recently, Facebook Corporation (FB) published information about the start of an official campaign to develop devices for controlling computers and other electronic gadgets with the power of thought. At the conference, the head of the secret division of Building 8, Regina Dugan, spoke, who explained the principle of the new technology and shared information about the successes achieved.
The main idea of Facebook is not to follow the path already beaten by other companies, but to develop a system that will eliminate peripherals and will read thoughts directly. Chapter Building 8 showed a recording of a paralyzed woman using an implant to type a text with her mind. The speed is still 8 wpm. But Regina Dugan claims that soon this value will be increased by at least 10 times.
Implants have already been developed that are easily implanted into the body and perfectly help control the computer, but not all people will agree to such an operation.
Therefore, Facebook wants to develop a device that does not need to be introduced into the human body. But this is still far away.
It is assumed that at first thought traps will be built into augmented reality glasses, smartwatches or wrist bracelets.
They will be sold both individually and as a set, although such a miracle of technology will cost a lot.
Neural gadgets will activate and issue commands to the computer much faster than in the usual way (keyboard, mouse, etc.).
How technology works
A method of capturing thoughts using special neural input sensors located on peripheral devices (bracelets, glasses, etc.) is currently being developed.
The technology works in this way: sensors scan the internal activity of the body and receive electrical impulses, which, using a secret circuit, are converted into signals necessary to control the computer.
FB recently acquired CTRL-Labs (CL), a startup company, which is already known for its developments in the field of PC or laptop thought control.
For the sum of just over $ 500 million, Facebook acquired all the rights to a new product from CL – a bracelet that reads signals from the brain.
This gadget also helps paralyzed people, but it has significant differences from the above implant. The main thing is that it does not need to be implanted. The technology allows not only typing, but also fully (if modified) to control the computer.
When will it be possible to buy
At the conference, FB representatives showed only videos, not demonstrating a single device visually. They assured the audience that the work was going on and the first copies would appear soon. With the same success, you could watch a fantastic film, because even the approximate release date is unknown.