Microsoft’s AI-powered ‘Eye Contact’ feature is finally coming to the Surface Pro X – The Verge

Its similar to Apples upcoming FaceTime feature in iOS 14
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Microsofts AI-powered eye contact feature for the Surface Pro X is finally starting to roll out, months after it was originally announced for the ARM-powered Surface laptop last year.
The new feature is rolling out now as part of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175, which means that it likely isnt too far from a broad release.
According to Microsoft, the new feature relies on the artificial intelligence capabilities of the Microsoft SQ1 processor to adjust where your eyes are looking in a video call or chat to make sure that you always appear to be making eye contact with the camera even if the lens is off to the side or youre looking down at your display. When enabled, the eye contact correction will automatically apply to any app that uses the front camera (like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet), although it only works when the Surface Pro X is in landscape mode.
An interview with VentureBeat from last fall indicates that the technology involves the unique AI capabilities of the ARM-based SQ1 processor, enabling the feature on the Surface X. That means that it wont be available on regular, x86 Windows computers the kind of processing going on here just draws too much power to be practical on a regular machine.
If this sounds familiar, thats because Microsoft isnt the only company working on AI-corrected gazes: Apple has been working on a similar FaceTime Attention Correction feature for some time, with early versions of the functionality showing up in iOS 13 betas last year before getting pulled from the final release. Apples iOS 14 website does list the feature, though, so iPhone and iPad users wont have too long to wait before theyre able to fake paying attention during long FaceTime calls, too.

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