Facebook buys startup that is exploring ways to control computers with brain

Reportedly the acquisition was valued at $1 billion, however, Facebook is yet to confirm this.


Facebook said on Monday it bought New York-based CTRL-labs, a start-up that is exploring ways for people to communicate with computers using brain signals, in a deal that CNBC has valued at $1 billion.

Facebook Vice President of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth announced the deal in a Facebook post.

Image: Reuters

Image: Reuters

CTRL-labs will join Facebook Reality Labs team, Bosworth said, without giving any financial details.

Media reports said CTRL-labs is working with brain science and machine learning to create interfaces for people to control and manipulate computers by thinking. Its development-stage wrist-worn device uses sensors to track gestures and would act as an input device.

The deal is valued at about $1 billion, CNBC reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment on the deal value.

 


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