META, formerly Facebook, has reportedly had to halt work on an Apple-competing smartwatch originally slated for release this summer.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company has invested nearly $1 billion in the device, which aims to track hand movements and allow you to connect with others both in real life and in the Metaverse.
Initial reports of Meta’s watch suggested it would be out in summer 2022.
It’s said to be similar to an Apple Watch and will sell for less than $400.
The meta watch was reportedly used to send photos to Instagram and Facebook and featured a dual camera system.
According to Bloomberg, one of the cameras was in the screen and one on the back, so it sat on the wearer’s wrist.
The second hidden camera was placed there so a user could take off the watch and take pictures with the rear camera.
However, this placement created problems with how the watch might interpret a wearer’s nerve signals and hand movements.
Tracking movement will be an important feature of the watch if it is to be used in the Metaverse.
It’s also this motion tracking that sparked some controversy when the watch was first reported, as concerns about user privacy were raised.
Meta is said to be working on a technology called electromyography to fix this problem.
Meta said that electromyography is about “decoding those signals on your wrist — the actions you’ve already decided to take — and translating them into digital commands for your device.”
The watch can not only track your hand movements and take pictures, but also play music, message your friends, and monitor your health and daily activities.
Meta has big plans, but work on the smartwatch had to be stopped.
According to Phone Arena, the staff working on the watch have been told that development has halted.
The watch’s unveiling has reportedly been pushed back to spring next year, but it’s now unclear when that will be.
The exact reason for the work stoppage is still unclear.
Zuckerberg invests heavily in Metaverse gadgets and expects significant losses before Meta starts monetizing those products.
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