Facebook's secret mind-reading device 'to be unveiled next month'

Mark Zuckerberg last year hinted at a social network that could let people share information telepathically

Aatif Sulleyman
Monday 20 March 2017 13:19
Comments
It could launch alongside a drone, an augmented reality device and a medical project
It could launch alongside a drone, an augmented reality device and a medical project

Facebook is developing at least four new consumer products that could be revealed at an April event, according to a new report.

The social network last year launched a futuristic hardware division called Building 8, which is said to be similar to Google X, the experimental lab behind the search company’s self-driving cars.

One of the prototypes created by Building 8 is a “brain computer interface” that sounds a lot like a platform once hinted at by Mark Zuckerberg, which would allow users to share information telepathically.

In a Q&A last year, Facebook’s CEO described how people would be able to “capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling in kind of its ideal and perfect form in your head, and be able to share that with the world”.

A new report in Business Insider suggests it could be revealed at Facebook’s developer conference next month, alongside a drone, an augmented reality device and a medical project being led by “an interventional cardiologist from Stanford with expertise in early-stage medical device development”.

According to people with knowledge of the matter, the company plans to sell millions of units of the Building 8 products, despite having minimal experience in the world of hardware.

Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, is incidentally also believed to be working on a drone.

Facebook has ripped Snapchat’s Stories feature on multiple occasions recently, adding a near-identical feature to Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and the main Facebook app.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in