Frequently asked questions about Tobii Aware

Here are some of the questions OEMs frequently ask us about implementing Tobii Aware on their devices

Tobii Aware is a set of smart features that enable users to increase their privacy, security, productivity, and wellbeing. Our software is developed to detect real-time user presence and attention to understand human intent and anticipate the user’s needs. It can be integrated into a wide range of personal computing products by making use of the built-in RGB webcam. It is an important part of Tobii’s mission to improve the world with technology that understands human attention and intent.

Tobii Aware has been available since 2016 and is currently only available through OEM devices integrations.

Features include:

Privacy screen with continuous ID authentication — The screen blurrs when the user looks away and un-blurrs for the correct active user.

Auto-lock — The computer automatically locks when the correct user is not present.

Peeker detection — Protect the information on the screen from shoulder surfing. The software gives subtle visual clues to let you know when another person looks at the screen, with optional automatic or reaction-based privacy screen activation.

Digital wellbeing insights – Measure daily usage and track habits such as screen time, user position, distance to screen, and break times to provide insights and healthy reminders.

Stay awake – The computer will not dim or sleep when the user isn’t active. It stays awake as long as the correct user is in front.

Windows Snap – Makes the user’s life easier by snapping the selected window between screens based on their attention.

Warp mouse pointer – Helps the user find the cursor by having the pointer move to the screen the user is looking at.

 

For details see our Tobii Aware feature guide: https://gaming.tobii.com/feature-guide/horizon-aware/.

Tobii Aware is a software package that relies on data signals generated by firmware and hardware components, such as sensors and cameras (such as RGB webcams). Tobii Aware is run through the Tobii Experience App, which allows you to access features, change settings and access troubleshooting.

 

Tobii Experience consists of a driver the Tobii Experience App. Both are needed and both are installed on the computer as it leaves the factory and are updated through Windows Update (for the Driver) and from Microsoft Store (for the Experience App).

The minimum system requirements for Tobii Aware are an RGB camera module running on Windows 10 21H1 or later or Windows 11, with 2.0 GHz, Intel i5 or i7, 8 GB RAM.

Yes, we are open for discussions concerning custom features. We evaluate custom features on a case-by-case basis with our partners, please reach out to us! 

We also offer the necessary signals and feature-level APIs to assist partners to develop their own features in their own applications.

Tobii Aware is delivered and run through the Tobii Experience App, which allows you to access features, change settings and access troubleshooting. 

Tobii Experience consists of a driver the Tobii Experience App. Both are needed and both are installed on the computer as it leaves the factory and are updated through Windows Update (for the Driver) and from Microsoft Store (for the Experience App).

On first use, users must accept the end-user license agreement (EULA) before being granted access to the Tobii Experience app.

You can control and change settings for the individual features for Tobii Aware through the Tobii Experience App. Settings may vary from device to device.

Support for Tobii Aware is currently provided for Windows 10 & Windows 11. Support for Chrome OS and macOS is not yet available.

Features of Tobii Aware are turned off by default until the user has accepted the End User License Agreement, only after that they turn on. The user can disable features in the Tobii Experience App or disable the app through the tray icon.

 

Uninstallation of Tobii Aware must be done through Windows Settings.

Currently, Tobii Aware supports RGB cameras, NIR/RGB hybrid cameras and Windows Hello NIR cameras. Sensor fusion with, and support for, Time-of-Flight, Ultra-low-Power Always-On sensors and other Human presence detection sensors can be achieved on a case-by-case basis.

No. Camera images are not stored locally nor are they transmitted over internet. However, for Tobii Continuous ID, face descriptors that include feature points — no images — are stored locally.

Continuous ID is a feature used to increase the privacy of the user when enabled together with the Privacy screen blurring feature. If you enable the “Require Continuous ID” checkbox in the Privacy screen settings you will be led to enroll your unique face descriptors and landmarks, that use facial feature points (not images). From then on, the screen will unblur only when you are recognized. If someone else tries to access your computer while Privacy screen with Continuous ID is enabled, windows will instantly lock.

You can also “Improve” accuracy of the recognition after initial enrollment to help for users who have glasses or masks some of the time. Enroll first without, then improve with, and both will work well.

No, Tobii Aware does not capture video.

No. Tobii Aware does not run on out-of-the-box for USB Windows Hello NIR or RGB web cameras. It can, however, be achieved with additional firmware, drivers, and some development work. We are open to discuss on a case-by-case basis, please contact us!

Performance can depend on ambient lighting conditions, the presence of bright light from the back or side, noisy sensor or camera images, Illumination / LED intensity, lens, and system and CPU loads.

Yes. Currently Tobii Aware algorithms are trained for sensor placements at the top of the screen.

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