Facebook has a history in hardware, and it isn't pretty.
The social network is known mostly for its addictive News Feed, innovative digital ad products and a suite of apps that reach billions of people. But it also has an experimental side, including a hardware division, which currently is working on a smart speaker-touchscreen for the home, according to Bloomberg.
Such a device would put Facebook into direct competition with Amazon's Echo Show, the latest-generation home assistant, which has a touchscreen and went on sale this summer. Apple and Google both have home-assistant speakers, as well, though no screen.
But can Facebook compete against Amazon, Apple and Google in the world of hardware? With $35 billion in mostly available cash, it does have plenty of opportunities to play around with special projects. If the past is any indication, however, hardware is Facebook's Achilles heel—it's had phones that flopped and even its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has had setbacks.
Here, a quick look down memory lane at some past Facebook products, and how they fared.