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Messy office owners, rejoice: Skype now blurs the background to your video

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Feb 7, 2019 1:18 PM 2+ mon ago

Messy office owners, rejoice: Skype now blurs the background to your video

No need to frantically tidy things up before making a call.

The desktop Skype client now supports blurring the background of your video calls so that all the clutter and mess that, ahem, some of us accumulate no longer needs to be broadcast to everyone you talk to.

The background-blurring feature has already been rolled out to Microsoft's corporate communication client, Teams, and now it's in the consumer-oriented app. 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. The algorithms have been trained to detect human outlines, including the voluminous ...

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