Facebook said on Thursday that it is developing a wristband, which will be able to control its augmented reality (AR) glasses, launched this year.

The company said in a blog post that the band’s wearers would be able to interact with the movements of their fingers with the virtual world.

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The AR-supportable wearable device will also be able to detect neural signals to interpret complex hand gestures and moves.

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This marked a move for Facebook in the race for a hot contest among tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, and Alphabet’s Google, which believes the specs will eventually completely replace mobile phone functionality.

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Facebook had previously stated that smart glasses would have to rely on devices such as phones for the future due to constraints such as battery life and heat generated by processing. A wristband would be able to serve as a platform for computing and supporting such functions.

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