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Facebook Developing Wristband To Support Augmented Reality Glasses

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Facebook Inc said Thursday that it is developing a wristband that will control augmented reality (AR) glasses that is expected to launch this year.

Band wearers can interact with the virtual world with their finger movements, the company said in a blog post.

The wearable AR device is capable of detecting nerve signals to interpret complex hand gestures and movements.

This marks as a step-up for Facebook in a hotly contested race with tech giants like Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Google’s Alphabet Inc. in an industry that believes that glasses will eventually replace the functionality of mobile phones.

Facebook previously said that smart glasses will have to rely on devices like phones for the foreseeable future because of constraints such as battery life and the heat generated by processing. A bracelet can serve as a platform for computing and supporting such functions.

In September, Facebook said it was about five to 10 years away from being able to bring to market “real” augmented reality glasses that would have capabilities like letting people get together to see and interact with repeatedly shared virtual object.

(Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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