Imagine you’re reading a sensitive text message sent by your boyfriend and suddenly you find that someone else is looking at your mobile screen over your shoulder. You may turn off your screen right that moment but the damage has been done already. Well, you aren’t alone. We all had to face that annoying moment at least once in our life. Technology has given us all sorts of comfort, but we still have to deal with these intruders.
Google AI to the rescue
Well, it’s might be the time not to worry about this problem anymore. Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff have developed software, which they are going to present at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Long Beach, California, next week. Known as “electronic screen protector,” the software determines when someone is looking over your shoulder, using AI-based eye detection in the front camera of your smartphone.
In the above video, created by Ryu, you can see the software interrupting a messaging app to display a camera view, shaming the spy with a Snapchat-style rainbow vomit. The creators claimed that this e-screen protector works in all sorts of different lighting conditions. Besides, it has a reaction time of just two milliseconds, fast enough to catch someone before they feign innocence.
The software is currently a prototype and it’s not sure whether it will ever become a shipping feature. However, once it becomes a real thing, it could be a good option for everyone to remind someone to mind their own business.