New background blur-feature for Skype is AI-powered

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Skype has been in the shade for a while now, and there has not really been so much to discuss of the social app until now that the company is introducing a background blur-feature

The new feature is said to be AI-powered, and its function is to blur whatever image is on the background, thus focussing on whoever that is on the screen. The background blur technology according to the team behind it, is handy, but, definitely not failproof, which means that it can not be totally dependable, at least, not for now.

Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence trained in human form detection to ensure you remain in focus during a call. Microsoft said the AI is specifically trained to detect things like hands, arms, and hair to keep them sharp while blurring everything else. The new feature is available in the latest version of Skype for most desktops and laptops. To enable it, simply hover over the video button and select “blur my background.”

While Skype is certain that the new feature will blur out images on the background, it is, however, not very sure if the feature will always totally blur out everything behind you. As such, if you’ve got confidential information – say, a business plan on a whiteboard – or anything else damning lingering in the background, it’d probably be best to move it (or change locations) before hopping on an important call. This way, you can avoid side distraction.

Having said all of that, there is yet to be words on whether or not Microsoft is planning to bring the feature to mobile versions of Skype, although given its similarity to portrait modes found on many of today’s smartphones, it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to do so, especially when you have a high standard resolution smartphones.

 

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