Mark Zuckerberg hints a wearable technology with a Facebook interface.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), teased a new smart glasses project with EssilorLuxottica (ESLX.PA) on Wednesday, publishing a photo of the eyeglasses company’s chairman wearing a prototype of a neural interface bracelet – meant for commanding other gadgets.
“Here Leonardo is using a prototype of our neural interface EMG [electromyography] wristband that will eventually let you control your glasses and other devices,” Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook, referring to EssilorLuxottica’s chairman, Leonardo Del Vecchio.
He ended his post with a sunglasses-wearing smiling face emoji.
In a blog post last year, Facebook, which changed its name to Meta Platforms in October, stated that it wanted to build a wristband that would operate augmented reality glasses, allowing users to interact with a virtual environment via finger gestures.
According to Zuckerberg, he was in Milan to discuss plans for new smart glasses with the eyewear manufacturer.
Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O), and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google have all entered the wearable tech market, producing augmented reality glasses in the hope that they could one day replace mobile phones. Google also adopted fitness monitoring technology when it paid $2.1 billion for Fitbit.
EssilorLuxottica and Meta Platforms established a multi-year partnership to build smart glasses in 2020.
Starting at $299, they sell frames like the famous Ray-Ban Wayfarer model that are packed with technology, allowing the wearer to capture photographs, listen to music, and make phone calls.