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Facebook's hardware group is reportedly working on nex-gen products

21 March 2017

The lab will also help towards developing better virtual reality headset. Thus, it has been carrying out work on the same behind closed doors at its hardware-focused Building 8 division.

The job listings by Business Insider and an analysis of Building 8's recent hires proves a fact that Facebook is very ambitious in its new consumer hardware units.

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In a fresh tender to take on rivals like Google, Apple and Snap, Facebook may launch its hardware products such as next-gen cameras, augmented reality (AR) devices, drones and even a brain scanning technology.

No one's quite sure what else the secretive team is working on, but we may get some more details on the matter next month during Facebook's annual developer conference. While the company has not commented on Building 8, it's hiring in the past year has hinted toward its projects. Another project might have something to do with medical applications and is lead by a Stanford cardiologist with expertise in early-stage medical device development. Former Darpa director and Google employee Regina Dugan was roped in to head the team previous year. She now oversees Building 8 projects and has indicated via her Facebook posts in the past year that the company could be working on technology, which makes better use of Facebook's social network.

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The job listing, which was previously reported by Business Insider, hints that Facebook has bigger ambitions for consumer hardware, pitting it against established hardware players like Apple and Alphabet, as well as upstarts like Snap, which introduced a set of digital photo-glasses called Spectacles previous year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had written in a post: "Over the next year we're going to keep testing Aquila - flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads".

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Facebook's hardware group is reportedly working on nex-gen products