Data Acquisition

Google's AI Can Now Detect Strangers Peeking at Your Phone

29 November 2017

Researchers from Google have developed a privacy application that can immediately detect when someone is glancing at your phone screen from over your shoulder.

Detailing how the algorithm can detect a stranger's gaze in the accompanying video, researchers will be presenting their work at next month's Neural Information Processing Systems Conference being held in California.

"Because of the quick, robust, and accurate gaze detection mobile model, we can now easily identify the face identity and gaze simultaneously in real time," they explain in a brief description.

"Hence, the application, an electronic screen protector, can enable its enrolled users to continue reading private and confidential contents on your mobile device, while protecting their privacy from onlookers in a crowded space such as the subway or an elevator."

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