Facebook has acquired Silicon Valley-based ‘modular consumer electronics’ start-up Nascent Objects.
In a bid to build Wi-Fi drones, data servers and virtual reality goggles faster, social media giant Facebook has acquired Silicon Valley-based start-up Nascent Objects for an undisclosed sum, according to a media report. The San Francisco area startup offers what it calls “modular electronics platform” – a software platform that helps build physical gadgets that include 3D printed hardware.
The acquisition is part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 10-year plan which includes big bets in artificial intelligence, virtual reality and internet access, CNET reported on Monday. The startup which will be a part of Building 8, Facebook’s secret initiative for developing hardware, makes tools to help speed up the process of building physical hardware prototypes.
According to Nascent Objects, the company was founded with the principle that “product development shouldn’t be so hard”. The startup specialises in modular electronics, which allows for a swapping out of interchangeable hardware parts – reducing unnecessary e-waste.
“People have become used to the idea that with software, you can have whatever you want, whenever you want it. We want to make this happen with hardware – and we think Facebook is the best place to make this a reality,”said the Nascent Objects on its website. “We look forward to getting started with Facebook,” the post added.
Nascent Objects believes in encouraging people to assemble gadgets from a variety of electronic modules, which can be then taken out and reused in other devices. A similar idea was adopted by Google to develop the Project Ara modular smartphone, which allowed a user to change the modules on it instead of writing the device off as obsolete after a few years.