Could Facebook’s next hardware product be a smartwatch? The Verge reported this week on a device in the company’s labs that sounds quite different to the Apple Watch:
The device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram, The Verge has learned.
A camera on the front of the watch display exists primarily for video calling, while a 1080p, auto-focus camera on the back can be used for capturing footage when detached from the stainless steel frame on the wrist. Facebook is tapping other companies to create accessories for attaching the camera hub to things like backpacks.
If we get past questions like ‘won’t the camera on the back get covered in sweat and grime by rubbing against your wrist all day?’ and ‘won’t removing the watch from your wrist to take a photo be a massive hassle?’ this is certainly some fresh thinking, and at the very least, the camera on the front for video calling sounds like something more smartwatches should have.
The Verge reported that Facebook was planning to launch the watch next summer, although company exec Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth responded to the story by suggesting
the device was still at a more experimental stage.
Whether it comes to market or not, it’s at least fun to consider that the Apple Watch isn’t the absolute ‘final form’ of smartwatches and the concept can evolve.