Facebook plans smartwatch with two cameras, heart rate monitor

The Verge:

Facebook is taking a novel approach to its first smartwatch, which the company hasn’t confirmed publicly but currently plans to debut next summer. The device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram, The Verge has learned.


A camera on the front of the watch display exists primarily for video calling, while a 1080p, auto-focus camera on the back can be used for capturing footage when detached from the stainless steel frame on the wrist. Facebook is tapping other companies to create accessories for attaching the camera hub to things like backpacks, according to two people familiar with the project

This might be an incredibly clever device whose use case is not apparent yet. But on the surface, it feels like a solution in search of a problem. If my camera is on my wrist, and I have to pop it off and fish out a device to attach it to, then attach it, then start the process of focusing/framing and pressing the shutter, sounds like a lot of added time to a time-critical process.

Plus it’s giving Facebook a camera and permission to record your life.