Know more Inside Facebook’s new “Area 404” hardware lab by Facebook Customer Service.
Facebook is a social networking company and its business is to connect people across the Internet. It is led by the restless creativity, ambition, and occasional simplicity of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg who is always pushing toward the future and aims to connect more people and that too in new ways and all that requires new kinds of hardware.
Facebook’s new ‘Area 404’ is where Facebook prototypes its solar drones, internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-generation servers. Area 404 is packed with giant, expensive, dangerous machines and is considered very unsafe despite all the precautions, certifications and training of the hardware engineers.
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Facebook’s Head of Engineering and Infrastructure, Jay Parikh, told that the 22,000 square foot space has been named as Area 404 after the ‘Not Found’ error code. Also, Facebook created a number of offices in Building 17 of its headquarters, drilled giant support columns down to support the heavy machinery and converted the space into a futuristic hack center.
There are two main objectives of Area 404:
- To create a collaboration space to get hardware engineers from across the company together in person so as to work on shared problems.
- To build a state-of-the-art hardware laboratory with the necessary equipment to prototype and test the early designs of Facebook’s upcoming gadgets.
Inside the area, everything was of 3D design software modeling stations and computer controlled lathes and mills and mills for forging metal into prototypes. The half of the lab is dedicated to electrical engineering experimentation while half is for prototyping workshops for shaping, cutting and bending metal as well as manipulating wood, stone, or glass. Facebook Support Phone Number can be dialed in case you need to talk to technical experts.
At area 404 there is are welding tools and it will not process its own circuit boards. When devices are ready for scaled production, the prototypes built at Area 404 are sent to some other area for the copying part. At this point, there is not any extra back-and-forth iteration required and all the kinks have to be worked out at the Headquarter.
Although the hardware is not a new endeavor for Facebook as it has an Oculus hub in Seattle and an airplane hangar in the UK for its Aquila drone. But Area 404 can bring its creations in the physical world up to the same pace of creation and iteration that’s driven Facebook’s success in the software world.
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