Typing With Your Brain, And Other Key Highlights From Day 2 Of Facebook's F8 2017 Developer Conference

On the second day of Facebook's F8 2017 Developer Conference (read more on Day 1 of F8 2017), the company revealed some fascinating things they are working on including a system that will let people type with their brains.

The opening keynote of day two saw Facebook's Chief Technology Officer, Mike Schroepfer, talking about their goal to develop technology that will "help everyone build a global community".

"To do that, we’re investing in a number of foundational technologies over the next 10 years, including connectivity, artificial intelligence, and virtual and augmented reality." said Schroepfer.

Here are some of the key highlights.

Typing With Your Brain And Hearing With Your Skin

typing with your brain

Facebook said they have a goal of creating a silent speech system capable of typing 100 words per minute straight from the brain. They said they are working on this
and want to use non-invasive, wearable sensors that can be manufactured at scale.

Another interesting project they mentioned was one about enabling us to "hear theough our skin", although not much detail was revealed on how this will work.

Internet Connectivity Projects

Internet Connectivity Projects

Facebook's strategy seems to be evolving when it comes to their Internet connectivity projects. Instead of "one size fits all" projects as they say, they said they are now working on "designing different technologies for different use cases, which are then used together to create flexible and extensible networks".

Facebook's Tether-tenna
Tether-tenna

They also announced announced Tether-tenna, what they call “insta-infrastructure” where a small helicopter tethered to a wire containing fiber and power can be deployed immediately to bring back connectivity in case of emergency.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

Oculus VR Chief Scientist Michael Abrash shared a vision for the path to full AR — where augmentation enhances your vision and hearing seamlessly while being light, comfortable, power-efficient and socially acceptable enough to accompany you everywhere.

Abrash talked about the rise of virtual computing — which encompasses both virtual and augmented reality — as the next great wave after personal computing.

You can watch the full keynote address of day two here.

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