September 25, 2019
Facebook has bought a company which is inventing a way for people to control their smartphone with their mind.
The social media giant took over CTRL-labs in a deal reportedly worth up to $1billion (£803m) on Monday.
CTRL-labs is known to be developing on a watch-style device which intercepts signals which are sent from the brain to the fingers, in order to control a phone.
It works by assigning particular nerve messages from the brain to certain commands in the computer, which could in theory cut out the need to actually press any buttons.
Mr Bosworth announced the business move in a Facebook post from his personal account.
He said the mind-reading developments could ‘change the way we connect’ and ’empower you with control over your digital life’.
The device will be engineered to pick up and interpret the electrical signals the brain sends through the nerves, and translate these to actions in a computer chip.
This will allow people to control devices like a smartphone or tablet without physically using their hands to do it, the developers said.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 3:39 am