Inorganic Eyeball by Facebook will be able to track real human eyes |

Inorganic Eyeball by Facebook will be able to track real human eyes

Ever since Facebook revamped as Meta, the social networking behemoth has been heavily invested in robotics.


One of the recent patents of the company, that was initially found by Insider, focuses on human-like eye technology that is encased in a skin-like coating.

To highlight the company’s robot eyes even more, a patent titled "Two-Axis Mechanical Rotatable Eyeball" detailed how this robotic eye had a volume similar to a human eye. Besides that, it is believed that the outer framework of the mechanical eyeball is designed like the external layer of an authentic human eyeball. 

However, it appears that they are attempting to replicate the human eye completely with the robotic eye and thus the similarities between them go on. For example, according to their design’s specification, the exterior enclosure may have primarily a spherical structure that represents an eye's sclera as well as a curved surface that would represent the cornea. A pupil, which could be represented by an aperture in the cornea, may also be incorporated in the mechanical eyeball.

An eyeball without a head, though robotic, seems a little eerie and uncanny. But the media behemoth has considered everything and intends to pair the robotic eyeball with an animatronic robotic head which will give it an authentic look to the spectator.

As for anyone who is curious about how it will be utilised, Meta's patent claim stated that the robotic eye could be employed in an eye-tracking system. It is being built to capture eye-tracking information in actual, or almost actual time, and communicate it to a processing unit. This paves the way for VR devices to interact with minimal latency in a captivating virtual world. 

This innovation of theirs, according to Insider, could significantly accelerate the evolution of the company's AR and VR products, which primarily depend on eye-tracking. 

Essentially, this innovation is the company’s debut in the Metaverse and is quite critical for their metaverse goals.

Such huge undertakings are not unfamiliar territory for the corporation. Only a couple months earlier, Facebook debuted ReSkin, a thin artificial skin that claims to be adept of mimicking human-level sensations for robotic limbs.

The artificial skin is able to sense forces as little as 0.1 Newton on materials as thin as 1mm across, allowing robotic systems to manage delicate items without risking damage.

TAGS: Facebook, META, Robotics