The US-based startup specializes in wristbands that can read neural activity, potentially determining a person’s thought when they’re not even moving. If the deal is successful CTRL-Labs would join Facebook’s Reality Labs, the social network’s augmented and virtual reality division, with the idea of bringing its mind-reading technology into consumer products.
“CTRL-Labs’s technology is an innovative input that Facebook hopes will be used to significantly improve the upcoming Facebook AR/VR [augmented and visual reality] experiences a few years down the road to fundamentally improve the user experience,” said a Facebook spokeswoman.
CTRL-Labs wristbands can apparently transform brain activity into physical cues. “The wristband will decode those [neural] signals and translate them into a digital signal your device can understand,” wrote Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of AR and virtual reality in a post announcing the deal. “It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to.” Such technology could someday become crucial to revolutionizing how we interact with devices.