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Animatronic eye

Disney animatronic eye was one of 23 exhibits in the emerging-tech section of Siggraph.

Daniel Reetz / Disney Research

The eyes may be the window to the soul. But what do you see when you look into robotic eyes so real that it’s almost impossible to tell they are just empty, mechanical vessels?

At Siggraph, the annual conference for graphics geeks that ended last week, Disney researchers created an animatronic eye that moves in a lifelike way, makes eye contact and tracks those who pass by.

"We wanted two things from the eye," says Lanny Smoot, senior research scientist at Disney Research. "It should be able to see or have vision, and it should move as smoothly and fluidly as the human eye."

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