Microsoft Adds Eye Contact Feature for Video Calls on Surface Pro X

Microsoft has been pushing its Surface lineup for quite some time now. A viable competitor for the iPad, it still continues to struggle in sales and availability. Their new Surface Pro X, the ARM-powered Surface machine was supposed to be the game-changer. Sadly though, the company could not justify the high price-performance ratio. Not to mention, a lack of app support for the ARM architecture gave issues.

But that entire debate is beside the point. We know that in the past 8-9 months, the world has resorted to a digital presence. This is the new normal due to the COVID-19 spread. Companies have been spending on research and development in order to make these apps better. We see new features pop in on Zoom, Google Meet and even Duo, which is likely to merge with the Meet soon.

According to a blog post from Microsoft, the company has developed a new AI system for the new Surface Pro X. The post states that it is a combination of AI and the advanced neural network on board to actually implement this. Now, the issue is that once talking on a video call, a person is never really looking directly at you. This can be rather problematic since it feels like one does not have their full attention. Microsoft has added the new Eye contact feature which uses AI techniques to teach the system. This makes the user seem like he/she is looking directly at you. Microsoft even shared a video on how it works and it looks quite amazing. Hope the final product, in the real world, works as well as it does in the video.

Sarmad Burki
Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.