According to reports, for the upcoming summer Microsoft plans to unveil a new smartwatch similar to the Apple Watch.
The watch that has yet to be officially announced Facebook and Instagram users will be a handy accessory for creating content, as it will apparently have two detachable cameras for taking photos and videos that can then be shared directly across Facebook-owned apps, as The Verge first reported.
A camera at the front of the watch will allow users to make video calls, while a separate camera on the strap will permit users to take photos and videos once detachable according to the outlet.
We want AR glasses to be truly intuitive – we're investing in technologies across the board that make that interaction feel more natural and intuitive, Andrew Bosworth tweeted Wednesday, Vice President of Facebook Reality Labs. This includes research like myography haptics, wrist-based interfaces that could come together in a adaptive form factor.
CEO Eric Schmidt announced in March that the company is developing smart glasses.
According to The Verge, Facebook is reportedly working with various wireless carriers so that the watches can connect to wireless data so it will not have to connect to a phone or wifi to operate.
The watch would come in white, black and gold, and the tech giant plans to release the first version by summer 2022, according to magazine.
The future watch news comes as Apple, Fitbit, Google, Samsung and smaller brands like Fossil and Garmin compete for the best smartwatch of all time. As a product review website Tom's Guide ranked the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 as the best smartwatch for 2021, followed by the Apple Watch 6 and Fitbit Sense in a Monday review.
The battle to gain user trust in Facebook while asking a significant amount of personal data from those who use its app will present a challenge to the tech giant to compete with Apple, which is making privacy a major part of its iOS 14 update.