Belfast Telegraph

Facebook's secret mind-reading device 'to be unveiled next month' that could let people share information 'telepathically'

Facebook is developing at least four new consumer products that could be revealed at an April event, according to a new report.

The social network last year launched a futuristic hardware division called Building 8, which is said to be similar to Google X, the experimental lab behind the search company’s self-driving cars.

One of the prototypes created by Building 8 is a “brain computer interface” that sounds a lot like a platform once hinted at by Mark Zuckerberg, which would allow users to share information telepathically.

In a Q&A last year, Facebook’s CEO described how people would be able to “capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling in kind of its ideal and perfect form in your head, and be able to share that with the world”.

A new report in Business Insider suggests it could be revealed at Facebook’s developer conference next month, alongside a drone, an augmented reality device and a medical project being led by “an interventional cardiologist from Stanford with expertise in early-stage medical device development”.

According to people with knowledge of the matter, the company plans to sell millions of units of the Building 8 products, despite having minimal experience in the world of hardware.

Snap Inc., the company behind Snapchat, is incidentally also believed to be working on a drone. 

Facebook has ripped Snapchat’s Stories feature on multiple occasions recently, adding a near-identical feature to Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and the main Facebook app.

Independent News Service