Facebook at set to break in to consumer hardware space


In order to beat the competition Facebook is all set to enter into the consumer hardware space with products that may involve next-gen cameras, augmented reality (AR) devices, drones and even a brain scanning technology.

As per report from business insider Facebook is working on at least four unannounced consumer hardware products.This hardware group is expected to play a key role in Facebook’s developer conference in April. Facebook is yet to confirm on this.

“Building 8 will include a big retail push complete with warehouse operations, different retail experiences, and a ‘global contact centre footprint’,” the report said.

To make effective hardware for its Oculus virtual reality headsets and internet drones, Facebook has also built a new facility called the “Area 404”.

The 22,000-square-foot lab at its Menlo Park, California, base camp will help in performing quick prototyping and modelling of new equipment items and segments, reports said.This facility , will also support Facebook’s Connectivity Lab which concentrates on bringing internet access to developing countries and remotest areas via drones and satellites.The lab will likewise help towards growing better virtual reality headset.Facebook is additionally working on solar-powered craft Aquila.

However, in its first test flight, Aquila crash-landed because of strong winds that rendered its autopilot system confused.

“Over the next year we’re going to keep testing Aquila — flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads. It’s all part of our mission to connect the world and help more of the four billion people who are not online access all the opportunities of the internet,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had written in a post.

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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk