Facebook has mostly been a software and services kind of company, but it seems that they aren’t quite done with their hardware ambitions just yet because according to a report from The Verge, Facebook is apparently working on a smartwatch that could debut next summer and it could sport an interesting design.
This is because according to the report, the Facebook smartwatch could actually come with a detachable display with two built-in cameras, meaning that in addition to being a smartwatch, Facebook envisions users using the smartwatch as a photography tool of sorts, or maybe even some kind of impromptu video calling setup. After all, the company did launch its Portal video conferencing system, so this doesn’t seem like a stretch of the imagination.
As for the cameras, the one on the front is said to be primarily used for video calls, while the one on the back will be capable of capturing 1080p footage. Facebook is also said to be in discussions with other companies to help create accessories for the watch when detached, like maybe a way to attach it onto a backpack.
Facebook has in the past attempted hardware when they collaborated with HTC on a Facebook phone, but that kind of flopped. The company has since expanded to other products like VR headsets and its Portal system. We’re not sure how well-received a Facebook smartwatch would be, so we’ll have to wait and see.