According to reports by Business Insider’s Alex Heath, the Building 8 unit that the U.S.-based social media giant formed last April is currently working on around four unannounced consumer hardware products. Further, Heath predicted that Facebook might share some information about the four devices on April 18 and 19 at its F8 Annual Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Facebook’s Building 8 working on 4 mysterious projects
Last year, when the social media giant formed the Building 8, Regina Dugan joined the technology company to lead the division. At that time, the Facebook Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg posted, “I’m excited to have Regina apply DARPA-style breakthrough development at the intersection of science and products to our mission. This method is characterized by aggressive, fixed timelines, extensive use of partnerships with universities, small and large businesses and clear objectives for shipping products at scale.”
Earlier, Dugan had served as the leader of advanced technology and products group of Google and before that,she was the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In a post that same day, Dugan wrote, “Building 8 is an opportunity to do what I love most … tech infused with a sense of our humanity.”
According to Heath, the social media giant had not and would not comment on the matter but the people familiar with the work at Building 8 outlined the four projects, saying that a fifth project will start as soon as the leader for that project is chosen.
Facebook’s four projects and what they could be about
As for the four projects –
– The first project could involve augmented reality and cameras
– Based on the recent hires at the division, the second project could involve a drone.
– The third project could involve brain-scanning technology. A neuroscientist, who assisted in developing a mind-controlled prosthetic arm, is leading the brain-scanning technology. Previously, the same neuroscientist also worked at Johns Hopkins University.
– The fourth project could be a potential medical project, which is being spearheaded by an interventional cardiologist from Stanford University.
The cardiologist has high expertise in early-stage medical device development. According to Heath, the second project involving drones is being led by Frank Dellaert. Dellaert, who is a robotics and computer vision expert, joined the tech company last summer. Earlier, Dellaert worked at Skydio – a company that is developing a drone which can track people autonomously while navigating through physical space. In January, Stephen McClure, the former head of hardware at Skydio, joined the tech giant as head of hardware for Building 8, said Heath.
The social media giant has posted job listings for a GTM partnerships lead and a go-to-market retail program manager for Building 8.