Facebook smartwatch coming next summer with two cameras, heart rate monitor?

It will also be detachable to allow users to capture video without their phone...

Facebook Watch

Facebook is reportedly working to enter the smartwatch space next year. According to The Verge report, the upcoming device will come with two cameras, which alongside the screen, can be detached from the wrist to let users take photos and videos. From there, users will be able to share these files across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram.

One camera will primarily be used for video calling, and Facebook is in talks with accessory makers that would make it possible to attach the display (with its cameras) to things like backpacks. This would bring the sentence “we live in public” to a whole new level, while raising a slew of privacy issues. Like Facebook already doesn’t face enough of those…

The underlying idea behind this move is to build more consumer devices that circumvent Apple and Google, which largely control Facebook’s ability to reach people. To that end, Facebook is working with the top wireless carriers in the US to support LTE connectivity in the watch, meaning it will work without a paired smartphone.

The watch itself will be available in white, black, and gold — and could at one point serve as a key input device for Facebook’s planned augmented reality glasses.

All of the standard health features will come included, providing fitness and sleep tracking to the users. A heart rate monitor will come included, as well as the ability to send messages to other users right from the wearer’s wrist.

The Verge’s sources suggest the first version of the Facebook Watch will be released in the summer of 2022. Considering Facebook’s vast user base, they may actually move a needly in this market and perhaps come up with a product that could compete with the Apple Watch and Google’s recently rebooted wearOS platform. This is obviously something we’ll be watching in the month to come. Stay tuned.