Tech giant Facebook has acquired CTRL Labs, a tech start up which specilazes in the mind controlling of machines. The acquisition was announced by Facebook’s Vice President of augmented and virtual reality, Andrew Bosworth.
The New York based start-up as reported has joined a division of Facebook called Facebook Reality Labs. This deal entails Facebook utilising the start-up specialty to allow humans control computers by using their brains to build a Facebook wristband that let’s people control their devices.
“we know there are more natural, intuitive ways to interact with devices and technology, and we want to build them. The vision for this work is a wristband that let’s people control their devices as a natural extension of movement,” according to Bosworth in a post.
Bosworth explained that the wristband would decide electrical impulses such as those sent to hand muscles, telling them to move certain ways, by clicking a computer mouse or pressing a button.
He noted that the device would capture a users intention just by using a particular movement.
Despite the fact that Facebook has not disclosed the financial terms of the deal to buy CTRL-Labs, , but reports say that it paid $500 million to acquire the start up.
However, Facebook has been working on brain-computing since 2016, in which a lab was launched to boost the company’s efforts in developing computer hardware products. Facebook provided an update on it’s brain-computing efforts in July, saying that research conducted with the University of California, San Francisco showed promising progress, but was still years away from commercialization.
This deal comes at a time when Facebook is still facing antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The commission is reportedly looking into whether the company facilitated its acquisitions in an effort to stifle competition as reported by Hello Phone Blog.