Facebook smartwatch could feature removable display with cameras, heart rate monitor

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in General Discussion edited June 9
Facebook's rumored smartwatch, part of a plan to circumvent Apple's App Store and Google Play, may feature a heart rate monitor and a display with a pair of removable cameras.

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook


Rumors that Facebook was developing an Apple Watch competitor first surfaced earlier in 2021. A new report from The Verge on Wednesday suggests that the Facebook watch could feature a display with cameras that can be detached and used to take and share images directly on the company's suite of apps.

According to The Verge, one of the cameras will be used primarily for video calling, while a second could feature 1080p resolution and would be primarily used for capturing video footage when detached from the smartwatch.

Sources familiar with the watch's development said the goal is to encourage people to use the Facebook watch in ways similar to smartphones. The device would run a custom version of Android and feature LTE connectivity. Facebook is also tapping companies to create accessories for the watch.

Later iterations of the watch could also be used as a primary input device for a Facebook-branded pair of augmented reality glasses.

Facebook is reportedly mulling pricing the device at about $400 and is targeting a release date in 2022. It could be available in white, black, and gold. Nothing about the device has been finalized -- the smartwatch has yet to be given a name or enter the mass production phase.

While Facebook is expecting sales in the "low six figures," the smartwatch is part of a broader plan to build consumer devices that allow the company to skirt Apple's App Store and Google Play.

Apple, in particular, has taken numerous steps to cut off the flow of data from Apple devices to data harvesters like Facebook. The social media company, for example, has claimed that Apple's recent App Tracking Transparency feature could cut advertising revenue by as much as 60%.

Facebook has seen a fair share of data scandals and controversies about how it handles user information, which could prove to be an obstacle in convincing consumers to buy a Facebook smartwatch.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    kiowavtkiowavt Posts: 88member
    Maybe I can trade in my discontinued FB phone for a FB watch. :-)  /s
    tmayJosephAUwilliamlondonStrangeDaysLeftyLisaMplsPRayz2016dewme
  • Reply 2 of 12
    red oakred oak Posts: 848member
    LoL.  F U FB 
    williamlondonStrangeDaysLeftyLisa
  • Reply 3 of 12
    kiowavt said:
    Maybe I can trade in my discontinued FB phone for a FB watch. :-)  /s
    Most likely you would be given more credit if you kept your FB phone and promised to use it.
    LeftyLisa
  • Reply 4 of 12
    mrstepmrstep Posts: 467member
    Count me in! I'd love to give FB/Zuck access to my health data + unlimited camera & mic access to see how they sell my personal information to advertisers!
    LeftyLisaboxcatcher
  • Reply 5 of 12
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,274member
    Another new product from Facebook to shun? They just don't quit...
    LeftyLisawilliamlondon
  • Reply 6 of 12
    KuyangkohKuyangkoh Posts: 660member
    Another new product from Facebook to shun? They just don't quit...
    They were come Johnny lately on fitbit hahahaha…..
    LeftyLisaboxcatcher
  • Reply 7 of 12
    I would not own a stinking thing that data raping company makes.   They would simply use it to further their data collection…..they should be shuttered and their founder in the grey bar hotel!!
    williamlondon
  • Reply 8 of 12
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,155member
    And nobody will buy it...idk why they're even wasting their time and money on this. How long until they have a fire sale on them? 
    edited June 9 applguyanantksundaramwilliamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 12
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 616member
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
    Not even if they were free. 
    the1maximuswilliamlondon
  • Reply 10 of 12
    morkymorky Posts: 192member
    Mark my words: they will sell dozens of these things.
    FileMakerFelleranantksundaramJapheywilliamlondon
  • Reply 11 of 12
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,755member
    Prediction: cancelled with no apology, eighteen months after release. 


    FileMakerFelleranantksundaramwilliamlondonboxcatcher
  • Reply 12 of 12
    Reminds me of an old joke: a man comes out of an airport with two large pieces of luggage, spots an old friend and enters into conversation. He shows off his new watch, which comes with a mind-boggling variety of features such as AM/FM radio, instantly displays the time in any city you care to mention, tracks the stock market, measures your heart rate, maintains your schedule, etc, etc. His friend is impressed and offers to buy it from him, they agree on a price and the man hands over his watch. But as his friend is about to walk away the man hands over his luggage and says "Don't forget the batteries!"

    While typing out the above I was shocked to realise how many of the features now in the AppleWatch and/or iPhone were simply pipe dreams a few decades ago.
    williamlondon
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