Facebook accelerates development hardware under new leader

Facebook accelerates development hardware under new leader

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Facebook veteran Andrew Bosworth is appointed as the leader of the entire hardwareteam of Facebook. Bosworth, among others, the ontwikking of VR-glasses, smart speakers, and cameras in a good direction.

The social network confirmed Wednesday night to Business Insider that Bosworth has been appointed in the new position. Previously had the various hardwareteams no central leader.

“By these teams closer together we can faster move forward, while we continue to invest in our ten-year,” said a spokesman.

Bosworth has been working since 2006 on Facebook, and contributed to the development of the news feed. In the past few years, he was head of the advertentietak of Facebook.


Currently, the VR goggles from Facebook subsidiary Oculus is the only hardware product that the company sells. Under “project Aloha’ must be that number, however, rapidly grow, sources at Business Insider.

The sources confirm earlier reports about the development of a smart speaker with a touchscreen. That device is already in use by employees of Facebook tested and would be in may 2018 must appear for around the $ 500 (420 euro). The speaker must compete with the Echo Show from Amazon (see photo), which is already available in the US.

Facebook would be aware of privacy concerns surrounding the social network, and would therefore, new strategies to move the device to the man. So he would, for example, can be focused on the elderly who with their families want to communicate, or he would be under a separate brand name can be sold.

In addition to the videochatapparaat would Facebook is also working on a smart speaker without a screen, a 360-gradencamera and futuristic wearables like smart glasses and necklaces. The development seems to be still in a less advanced stage.

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