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New Skype update introduces background blur for video

New Skype update introduces background blur for video”

But Skype is now touting its new ability to blur. "We do our best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but we can not guarantee that your background will always be blurred", Microsoft says in the blog post, which should serve as a reminder to not get too insane and to still pay attention to your surroundings when you're on these calls, even with the availability of a feature like this.

Have to attend an interview call but your room is in a mess?

The feature is only available on the desktop and laptop application. The algorithms have been trained to detect human outlines, including the voluminous hair that some lucky people are blessed with as well as arms and hands.

To be clear, nothing is absolute. While bulletproof detection of the background requires a depth-sensing camera, the approach used in Skype (and Teams) uses machine learning-derived algorithms in order to work with any camera.

Microsoft says it does its best to blur your surroundings but can not guarantee that everything will always be blurred.

Background blurring in digital still photography has come to be known as "bokeh", apparently taken from the Japanese word for "haze" and pronounced close to "bouquet". The overall effect is akin to smartphone portrait mode.

As an alternative, you also could consider tidying up.

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.



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