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.