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Facebook May Unveil Eye-Tracking Technology in Future

Facebook already has two patents titled "Dynamic eye tracking calibration" and "Techniques for emotion detection and content delivery"

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Facebook is bullish on eye-tracking technology tools that will let the social media giant detect users’ eye movement and emotions but has denied using it at the moment, the media reported.

In a 229-page document addressed to US Congress in the wake of Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, Facebook revealed that it had looked into building the technology, Fortune reported on Wednesday.

“Like many companies, we apply for a wide variety of patents to protect our intellectual property. Right now, we’re not building technology to identify people with eye-tracking cameras,” according to the document.

“If we implement this technology in the future, we will absolutely do so with people’s privacy in mind, just as we do with movement information.”

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Facebook already has two patents titled “Dynamic eye tracking calibration” and “Techniques for emotion detection and content delivery”.

“Facebook is accused of violating user privacy by collecting data derived from Facebook users’ faces in photographs,” the report noted.

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In new documents, the social networking giant has already admitted that it allows advertisers to target users based on their “interests” and “behaviours”.

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the US Congress in April, he faced several questions from lawmakers. But his in-person testimony left them with several lingering questions. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook To Develop Camera-Equipped Set-top Box For TVs

Facebook declined to comment on the subject, the report added

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Facebook likely to launch camera-equipped hardware for TVs. Pixabay

Social networking giant Facebook is developing a camera-equipped set-top box for TVs that would support functionalities like video-calling, a media report said.

Internally codenamed “Ripley”, the device would use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and follow people as they move through the frame during a video call, news website Cheddar reported on Tuesday.

Apart from facilitating video-chat, the device could also help Facebook compete with the likes of Apple and Amazon in the TV-segment.

In October, the social networking major launched its smart-speakers — “Portal” — which incorporated AI technology to follow user-movements while on a video-chat amd remove unwanted background noise during a call.

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Facebook, social media. Pixabay

Priced at $199, sporting a 10-inch display, built-in Amazon Alexa support and pre-loaded with Facebook’s own “Watch” video service, the smart speakers would begin shipping in November.

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With projects like “Portal” and “Ripley” Facebook is trying to build a consumer-hardware business outside of its virtual reality brand ‘Oculus’ that was acquired by the social networking giant in March 2014 for nearly $2 billion.

Facebook declined to comment on the subject, the report added. (IANS)

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