Facebook F8: typing with brainwaves and 360° cameras

April 20th, 2017   decode   news

When touchscreen keyboards started taking over from their hardware counterparts, we railed against the lack of tactility. What if you didn’t need to touch anything to type – not keys, not even a screen? Facebook is on it with a project that will translate your thoughts straight into text.

“Silent speech” (as Facebook calls it) will allow you to type 100 words a minute. Note that an average professional typist manages 50-80 words per minute, the best get above 120wpm. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to start small, though. Before typing, something as simple as answering yes/no queries…

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