At the Surface event late last year, Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro X — an ARM version of the Surface Pro 7 powered by a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor (AKA Microsoft SQ1). During the Surface Pro X presentation, the company also showcased a new technology exclusive to the notebook, which utilized the power of AI to automatically focus a user’s gaze at the camera during video calls. However, the feature wasn’t available on the Surface Pro X when it first went on sale late last year in November. Now, almost a year after the original announcement, Microsoft has finally started rolling out the Eye Contact feature in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 20175.
The all-new feature relies on the artificial intelligence capabilities offered by Microsoft’s custom SQ1 processor and automatically adjusts the user’s gaze during video calls. According to a recent blog post from the company, Surface Pro X users who are enrolled in the Windows Insider program can now enable the Eye Contact feature from within the Surface app on their devices.
Since the new Eye Contact feature makes use of Microsoft’s SQ1 processor, it will only be available on the Surface Pro X and won’t be released for other devices running the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Along with the new Eye Contact feature, the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build brings improvements to pinned sites in Microsoft Edge, new icons for stock apps like Sticky Notes and Snip & Sketch, and several dev-focused changes.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft isn’t the only company to offer such a feature. Apple has also been working a similar technology called FaceTime Attention Correction, which was briefly available in beta releases of iOS 13 last year. While the technology was pulled from the final iOS 13 release, it should make it to users with iOS 14 later this year.
Source: Windows blog