Another speculated gadget has died in the midst of our eagerness to hear everything about the Pixel Watch and its potentially dismal feature sheet.
Meta’s long-rumored watch has been put on hold, just in time for us to learn about some of its most absurd features.
Bloomberg discovered a wearable in the Facebook View app, the partner software supposed to work with Ray-Ban Stories, in October.
It had a notch on the bottom of the display and appeared like a rather conventional smartwatch, right down to the minimal bezels and rounded form.
A little camera took up valuable screen real estate, presumably for selfies, video chat in Messenger, or whatever other niche concepts the business was developing at the time.
Meta must’ve recognized what an awful (insert your favorite negative adjective here) idea this was, because Bloomberg reports that the device’s development has been suspended.
Today’s piece gives a far more comprehensive picture of what the watch was supposed to be, rather than focusing solely on the cameras.
It worked with Wi-Fi, GPS, and eSIM for cellular connections, synced with Spotify and all of Meta’s social apps, monitored workouts, displayed images, and had a battery life of up to 18 hours. It sounds like something you’d see on store shelves today from Fitbit or Fossil, but it’s built on a Meta-exclusive platform.