Elon Musk squashed all the rumors speculating that he’s partnering with Huami Corporation, known for its smartwatches. He said maybe creating a Tesla Smartwatch as it’s an old technology already.
Musk, who rose to fame because of his highly imaginative mind, responded to a Clean Technica tweet about these rumors. “Definitely not. Smartwatches & phones are the technology of yesterday, the future is Neuralinks,” he said.
Why deny making smartwatches?
The reason behind this decision, Elon Musk said, was that the future lies in brain implants such as those developed by Neuralink.
Huang Wang, founder and CEO of Huami Technology, shared the news in Weibo on September 15. The CEO also posted the schedule of the launch. Other companies such as Amazon and Xpeng collaborated with Huami under its Amazefit brand. These companies intend to manufacture smartwatches and other wearable devices. Sadly, Neuralink’s CEO said the Tesla smartwatch will not happen. Still, they may be creating another Neuralink product which Musk called “the future.”
Neuralink is Elon Musk’s startup company. He intends to create an implant for brain stimulation to incorporate artificial intelligence into human brains. During the August 28 live demo, Musk said it’s like getting “Fitbit with tiny wires in your skull.” In fact, these small wires are hair-like strings of ultra-thin electrodes that are sewn into the brain to stimulate the operation of neurons.
The Neuralink is currently controllable through its smartphone app. Is it likely that the Tesla CEO is looking for support from Huami, not a Tesla Smartwatch, but a wearable system from Neuralink? Well, if Huang Wang had enough confidence to post on his official Weibo account about it, then Elon Musk’s new innovation must be valid. It’s just around the corner on September 22 and it’s something to look forward to.
Meet the N1 Wearable
Different labs and companies have been designing brain computer interfaces for decades to enable paralysis patients to use their thoughts to manipulate devices. However, the latest systems are too voluminous to wear on a daily basis.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink partnered with Woke Studio to develop the world’s first effective, wearable brain-machine interface to assist patients with paralysis. Users can use the wearable everyday. Also, the N1 is user friendly and easy to wear since it uses soft overmolded silicone. Users wouldn’t need to shave their hair to wear the N1. The system is situated on the right side of the boney and hairless skull. The place makes wearing behind the ear discreet, too.
Since the skin around the ear secretes a lot of oil, the seamless design does not require much cleaning. It also uses a particular 3M adhesive and magnetic patch to allow quick system change when recharging.
Other brain wearables
Unlike Neuralink’s innovation, other startups such as Ctrl Labs and Kernel made a non-invasive wearable interfaces that can be worn as a wristband or a hat. Whereas Emotiv and Neurosky developed headsets that gather brain patterns to train machine learning algorithms to recognize brain activities. Physical or digital commands, which are often used in daily technology and games, may connect these patterns.