Facebook It is no longer just a social media platform. It is a technological company called Meta and whose main objective seems to be to dominate the future, either by creating alternative realities or robots. Yes, robots.
Facebook has been working on robotics for a year and it is not the first time that it has added human characteristics to robots. In November 2020, Facebook announced that it was going to start a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University to create a tactile and light skin that could imbue robots with the sense of touch.
Facebook recently filed a patent for a mechanical eyeball just like a human eye with the United States Patent Office (USPTO). Is it an eye without a head? Facebook’s patent for the “mechanical eye” comes with an “animatronic head”. Recently, the USPTO released Facebook’s patent image, showing its “mechanical eyeball” with an animatronic head.
The animatronic head will be a head that looks similar to the human body. It will imitate the same functions, such as chewing and opening, etc. The mechanical eyeball will be placed on top, while the surface of the body, made of a material similar to skin, will be presented at the bottom.
The design of the mechanical eye closely resembles that of the human eye. Like our eyes, they are two organs with a central point. The mechanical eyeball design is much more sophisticated. There are parts indicated to mimic the sclera, retina, and cornea of a human eye, as well as the pupil and iris.
In the patent you can see a detail that explains the operation of the mechanical eye. The company writes that “It’s not just a metal ball moving on an axis. This artificial eye will work amazingly. It will work with high performance and realistic accuracy with the animatronic device that follows the movement of the human eye.”
According to the patent, it will detect focus and how long a human eye can stay on an image. It will also help Facebook determine the taste of its users in conjunction with digital advertising. In addition, it will help build Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality applications on Facebook. In short, this product is the first step for Facebook in its Metaverso, and if all goes well, all of your future related projects hope to succeed as well.
The problem is convincing the millions of users who are disappointed with Facebook to join this new world..