Webcams taught to mimic eye contact





Applications videophone conference call by type Skype are great for communicating with friends and colleagues in the distance . But despite all the advantages, video calls in its current form has one drawback – lack of eye contact.

During the use of video conferencing you aspire to direct his gaze at him. Unfortunately, in most cases, a Web camera located above the user’s eye level, which is somewhat distorts the actual picture. On the monitor, it looks as if the other person during a call, looking at you from the top down, not straight in the eye.

The new technology, developed at the Laboratory of computer graphics ETH Zurich, corrects this deficiency. Special software detects and turns face interlocutors as if their eyes are looking straight into the center of the screen. The end result looks impressive.

To date, this technology is available only to large companies. However, the software is also suitable for use with normal household webcams.


The current version of the software only works with Web cameras, equipped with sensors of depth. The problem is that the majority of devices on the market today, is not able to perceive depth. Manufacturers do not complement their depth sensors, primarily because of the high cost of the latter. In this regard, engineers plan to adapt the technology for use on conventional webcams.

Google meanwhile, wants to force users to make a face in front of a smartphone.
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