AMD's new privacy app goes the extra mile to keep your screen safe

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AMD will be releasing a new privacy app (opens in new tab) later this year to help keep prying eyes away from your computer screen through a new collaboration with the head and eye tracking technology company Eyeware Tech SA.

As part of their collaboration, Eyeware will provide the chip maker with use of its patent-pending computer vision algorithms and machine perception AI (opens in new tab) technology for its new AMD Privacy View (opens in new tab) application. 

The privacy app, which is expected to be available in the first half of 2022, will enable private screen viewing on both laptops (opens in new tab) and PC monitors (opens in new tab) by blurring or darkening the parts of the screen a user isn't currently looking at. However, Privacy View will offer a number of options to blur or dim other areas outside of your line of sight to keep your personal content and information private.

At the same time, AMD's privacy app will include other features such as presence detection to lock your computer, window switching and a gaze pointer for various situations.

Software-based head and eye tracking

This new collaboration between AMD and Eyeware follows the release of the company's first consumer application Eyeware Beam last year that turns an iPhone (opens in new tab)or iPad (opens in new tab) with Face ID and a built-in TrueDepth camera into a multi-purpose, six degrees of freedom (6DoF) head and eye tracking device.

PC gamers can also use Eyeware Beam to control the in-game camera in Microsoft Flight Simulator (opens in new tab) and other games using real-life head movements while content creators can use the application to live stream with the eye tracker overlay in games to show their viewers where they look on the screen.

Eyeware co-founder Bastjan Prenaj explained in a press release (opens in new tab) how the company's collaboration with AMD will help demonstrate that hardware is no longer a barrier to entry to businesses looking to develop head eye tracking applications, saying:

"Past iterations of eye tracking technology involved hardware-based solutions that are too expensive for widespread adoption, or integrated webcam-based solutions that are not reliable. Our platform-independent human perception AI for webcams and 3D cameras bypasses the need for specialized hardware so that AMD and other companies can integrate reliable and cost-effective head and eye tracking technology into consumer applications."

Interested organizations and developers can also create their own head and eye tracking-enabled PC solutions as Eyeware offers its Eyeware Beam software development kit (opens in new tab) through a subscription with API access for $99 a year.

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After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.