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Skype background blur made possible with AI

Skype background blur made possible with AI

The company mentioned on its blog that, "Background blur in Skype and Teams uses artificial intelligence (AI)-trained in human form detection-to keep you in focus during your call".

This new Skype feature is now available only for most desktops and laptops, which means it will work without additional specialized hardware. its arrival comes at a curious time shortly after it was revealed that Google was also working on some form of depth detection for its Duo video chat app. But in case you want all the focus on yourself and not on the mess behind you, you now have that option. Worry not, as Skype has introduced a new feature that can save you from the embarrassment.

"There are plenty of life's moments that can get in the way of you being the focus in every video call - and that's why we're introducing background blur in Skype video calls".

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On its blog, Microsoft-owned Skype introduced what it calls "background blur", which is created to do just that.

It's similar to the blurring feature the company added to Microsoft Teams a year ago and could be handy if, say, your kids wandered in the room while you were being interviewed over Skype. The overall effect is akin to smartphone portrait mode. The video chat service you never knew was so chill has a new feature that totally has you covered. Users can use this feature only if they have updated the software to its latest version.

It's important to note that the feature may not be 100% reliable. Based on the image for the Skype feature it appears that the blue is more subtle and may not completely blur what is happening behind the person. Better to blur something rather than nothing right?