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One of the largest social media networks, Facebook is also playing around in hardware. Apart from just owning Oculus and its VR platform, Facebook is now working on purchasing more hardware to become a name in physical consumer tech.
However, now it seems that the company is working on its own tech, with some hardware in the works. According to Business Insider, Facebook's hardware team Building 8 have some new tech to be shown off at Facebook's F8 conference.
Rumors point at an augmented reality device. Building 8 team lead Regina Dugan, former head of Google's advanced projects division, has posted online to this effect, speaking of "hardware advances" that could allow people to connect when not physically in the same room – suggesting a system that would make it seem your chums or workmates were in the same space as you. There are also rumors floating around about a brain-scanning technology, while new staff hires seem to suggest Facebook is once again looking at drones, perhaps beyond the bounds of its Aquila internet-providing UAV. Finally, there's also talk of a Facebook-developed medical device in the works, with one team being led by a Stanford cardiologist.
This shows that Facebook is ready to expand its interests into spaces more commonly associated with the business sector. Another reason to look forward to the conference this year.