Technology Google can tell if someone is looking at your phone over your shoulder

05:06  29 november  2017
05:06  29 november  2017 Source:   Quartz

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Your days of peeking at someone else’s text conversations on the train might be numbered. At the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Long Beach, California, next week, Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff will present a project they’re calling an electronic

Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff are about to present research into an "electronic screen protector" that uses AI-based eye detection in the front camera to determine when someone is looking over your shoulder .

person standing in front of a screen© Provided by Quartz Your days of peeking at someone else’s text conversations on the train might be numbered.

At the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Long Beach, California, next week, Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff will present a project they’re calling an electronic screen protector, where a Google Pixel phone uses its front-facing camera and eye-detecting artificial intelligence to detect whether more than one person is looking at the screen. An unlisted, but public video by Ryu shows the software interrupting a Google messaging app to display a camera view, with the peeking perpetrator identified and given a Snapchat-esque vomit rainbow.

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Maybe blurring the screen? The example in the TFA isn't great and it implies when there is an eavesdropper, a view of the user and the highlighted image of the person looking over their shoulder comes into view.

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Ryu and Schroff claim the system works with different lighting conditions and poses, and can recognize a person’s gaze in 2 milliseconds. Ostensibly, this AI software is able to work so quickly because it’s being run on the phone, rather than sent for processing on the company’s powerful cloud servers.

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Thanks to a couple members of Google ’s research team, your phone might soon be able to tell when others are peeping at your screen from over your shoulder . Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff are scheduled to discuss their electronic screen protector project

Now two researchers at Google have added gaze tracking to not only let your phone recognize your face, but also to let you know if someone is peering at your phone over your shoulder . It can tell when an authorized user is looking at the device… and it can perform an action when an

This isn’t Google’s first foray into gaze detection, either. The company holds a 2003 patent for tracking a computer mouse pointer with a person’s vision, as well as Pay-Per-Gaze ad tracking.

The new gaze-detection software has big privacy implications. The researchers note that it could be turned on when reading sensitive information or watching video in a public place.

Google did not immediately respond for comment.

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