Facebook’s parent company Meta is reportedly pushing the brakes on its intriguing wearable that was to take on the Apple Watch, Bloomberg reported. According to the company, this Meta wearable device is equipped with two cameras to take photos directly from the watch. It is also rumored to come with features like activity tracking, music playback, messaging, heart rate monitor, LTE connectivity support, and more. It would be in development for two years now.
The report further added that Meta is still working extensively on many wrist devices.
Meta stops working on its dual-camera smartwatch
According to video and prototype images seen by Bloomberg, the highlight and main differentiator of smartwatches like the Apple Watch is its dual camera support. One camera was located below the display, while the other was placed on the back, touching the user’s wrist.
The placement of the second camera raises a few questions. The report further explains that users will need to remove the watch face from the strap to take photos. The prototype shows a golden meta-frame with two physical buttons on the edge. It came with Wi-Fi, GPS and cellular connectivity via eSIM. In terms of battery, it could offer up to 18 hours of battery life.
While the company may have dropped plans to move forward with this smartwatch, it’s likely that its rumored features could be rolled into other wrist-worn devices the company is currently working on. Smartwatch employees were informed this week that the wearable is no longer on track for production. It was previously slated to arrive in “Spring 2023” at a price of around $349.
Earlier, Facebook has already announced that it is working on wrist-worn technology that will be able to detect neural signals and measure head and finger gestures as well as haptic feedback. The company further added that this technology will work with AR smart glasses in the future.
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