Microsoft introduces Eye Contact on Surface Pro X to adjust your gaze on video calls
Nowadays, due to coronavirus spread over the globe people are forced to work from Home. As the lockdown is extending in the top tech countries like Indian and the US, the education department has also gone 100% online and taking lectures on video conferencing apps. Keeping these things in mind Microsoft has introduced an amazing concept that will help you to make proper eye contact on a video call.
Basically Eye contact is a type of body language that is extremely important during communication and conversation. Sometimes, our eyes and body language speak even more than words. Keeping eye contact with the person you are talking to shows that you are actively listening and paying attention. But in this tougher times the employees, students, employers, faculties, etc are losing the importance of eye contact as they cannot focus on the camera where at the same time they are looking at the screen.
To avoid this Microsoft has developed an amazing technique that uses Artificial Intelligence and the onboard Neural Network accelerator to adjust your gaze on video calls and recordings, so you appear to be looking directly in the camera.
Microsoft has released this concept on Surface Pro X laptops as of now and will be used on video calling applications like Microsoft Teams, Skype, and others. You can access Eye Contact by opening the Surface app on your Pro X. “To learn more about the technology behind this feature, we caught up with Stevie Bathiche, Microsoft Technical Fellow. He along with a team of engineers and researchers were behind this unique technology.” Microsoft
What is the inspiration behind Eye Contact?
Nothing is more powerful than making a connection with another person. The human face has 43 muscles and can evoke about 21 expressions. Your face has a language all to itself. Social science has shown that when two people talk to each other more often than not, they are looking at each other’s faces. Making eye contact facilitates in communicating our micro-emotions and intent behind what we are saying.
When you can’t make eye contact with somebody, the mind thinks the other person is not paying attention. The language is stunted. And many devices in the market today don’t always help because the camera is not located where the person is looking. Using the dedicated AI silicon in the Microsoft SQ1 (more on that below) in Surface Pro X along with the 5.0MP front-facing camera that captures 1080p full HD video, we have made it easier than ever to enable connection that make conversations feel natural.
It is believed at Microsoft that various numbers and types of these AI experiences will be infused across the Surface product line. What experiences and when will be a function of the capability of the device (such as its AI acceleration ability), the AI software platform, and customer needs. The company lastly said that it is just the starting of a very exciting future.
The feature can be toggled on or off inside the Surface App, and once enabled, it’s automatically applied any time an app uses the camera. This feature is baked into the camera, so it doesn’t require apps to add support for it. Microsoft disabled the feature by default since the company believes that image-modifying features should be opt-in.
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