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Mark Zuckerberg teases new EssilorLuxottica smart glasses with neural interface

Facebook founder Mr Mark Zuckerberg has travelled to Milan to meet with EssilorLuxottica chairman Mr Leonardo Del Vecchio where he hinted at a new smart glasses project featuring a neural interface wristband.

“Great to be back in Milan to discuss plans for new smart glasses with Leonardo Del Vecchio and the EssilorLuxottica team,” he posted on 4 May.

“Here Leonardo is using a prototype of our neural interface EMG [electromyography] wristband that will eventually let you control your glasses and other devices.”

EMG measures muscle response or electrical activity in response to a nerve’s stimulation of the muscle.

Facebook – which now comes under the parent company Meta to also include What’s App and Instagram – changed its name to align with its plan to create a ‘metaverse’, which it describes as the next evolution of social connection.

It believes wearable technology like smart glasses will become gateways into the metaverse, allowing wearers to interact in a virtual world integrated with reality.

The first step in this journey was the launch of Ray-Ban Stories last year, with EssilorLuxottica, which allow users to record audio and video with one touch.

In a blog post last year, Meta unveiled plans to develop a wristband that would control augmented reality glasses, allowing users to interact with a virtual world using finger movements. Zuckerberg’s meeting with Del Vecchio provided a glimpse into how the technology may look.

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