Inside Facebook, there is a rather mysterious R&D department called “Building 8”, which specializes in developing innovative or experimental hardware. However, the development of this sector is not smooth. According to the latest news from foreign media, Facebook has begun restructuring the department.
According to a US technology news website, Facebook is reorganizing its experimental hardware “Building 8” and providing a new home for its innovative R&D projects within its augmented reality and virtual reality research department.
According to US media reports, the reorganization did not lead to any layoffs, but with the old “No. 8 Building” group changed its name to “Portal”, some projects were transferred to the past Oculus Research Group (this A research department has been renamed to “Facebook Reality Lab”.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the restructuring to the tech media.
According to a person from Facebook, after the release of the related equipment, Facebook has renamed the “Building 8” department to “Portal”. In addition, research projects conducted prior to Building 8 will continue in the Facebook Reality Lab.
“The 8th floor” brand is dead, but the biggest change seems to be that some of Facebook’s eye-catching experiments are farther away from the commercial reality.
Some of Facebook's more experimental hardware projects, such as the computer brain interface, "soft robots" technology, and a project to achieve hearing through skin-contact devices, moved to the Facebook reality lab.
It is clear that research institutions that have been centered on augmented reality and virtual reality technology are focusing on a wider range of technologies that are not yet ready to become final consumer products.
At the same time, the new “portal” R&D department seems to be the R&D department for Facebook consumer hardware, such as the recently released video chat device.
According to reports, the leader of the “Building 8”, Rafa Carmago, took over after Regina Dugan left, and is now the vice president of the portal team.
At the same time, Facebook Reality Lab is still led by Michael · Michael Abrash, who has long held senior positions in the company's AR/VR center.
Foreign media commented that Facebook's hardware project is still at a very early stage, but at least there is now a product on the shelves. However, it is clear that the relevant R&D institutions require a completely different leadership layer and organizational restructuring.