New Criticals

A number of recently released products have attempted to address and correct the “Skype gaze.” One is called eTeleporter, a device that fits over an iPad running Skype and uses a series of mirrors to simulate eye contact. Another is a software program that digitally corrects the video image of your interlocutor, shifting his eyes from the screen to the camera to give the appearance of a mutual gaze. 3D video conferencing is also in the works. Regardless of their success, investments in these technologies indicate that the Skype gaze has been identified as a problem that needs fixing.