Meta Connect 2022: A future controlled by hand gestures

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At Meta Connect 2022, the company’s annual developer conference for virtual reality, the main event was all about the new Quest Pro VR headset. At the end of the keynote, however, Meta’s research and development team teased some far-future technologies that we last saw over a year ago.

Reality Labs chief scientist Michael Abrash showed off a prototype wrist-worn device that reads electrical signals in your muscles, allowing you to navigate mixed reality and other more traditional on-screen experiences.

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The demo below shows how tiny, almost imperceptible hand movements are captured using electromyography (EMG) and then translated into actions that can be used to control video game characters, for example. According to Abrash, the device uses artificial intelligence to understand a person’s unique movements and calibrate accuracy in real time.

In addition to its potential use in metaverse games, the device is also designed to take photos and videos, control music playback and make phone calls, all via light hand gestures.

Abrash noted that everything in the demo is just research at this point and may or may not end up in Meta’s product line.

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“But it’s definitely a glimpse of where the technology is going,” he added.

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