Facebook buys ‘mind-reading wristband’ firm CTRL-Labs

Facebook has acquired a start-up which is growing units that may decide up electrical alerts from the mind and transmit them to a pc.

CTRL-Labs has designed a wristband that may determine the alerts the mind sends to the hand telling it to maneuver, and decode them.

It might then transmit that command – for instance, to press a button – to a pc or different machine.

It additionally “captures your intention”, mentioned Facebook VR president Andrew Bosworth.

“So you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to,” he mentioned in a post on his personal Facebook page.

Facebook has not confirmed a report by CNBC which claimed that the deal was price between $500m and $1bn (£0.4bn and £0.8bn).

Mr Bosworth mentioned he hoped the CTRL-Lab group would assist Facebook to “construct this sort of expertise, at scale and get it into shopper merchandise sooner”.

There was a blended response to the information.

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