How To

Pause YouTube Videos By Looking Away From Your Screen With FacePause

By Nitish Singh / May 23, 2018

FacePause is one of the most intuitive Chrome extensions ever released. It is an experimental project which makes the Google Chrome browser automatically pause videos if the user looks away from the screen. Needless to say, the extension requires you to have a webcam on your laptop or desktop.

The extension is based on the FaceDetector API which was released into Google Chrome version 56. The FaceDetector API is embedded into Google Chrome which allows the browser to work with human faces that are identified in images. The extension makes use of the API to scan human faces appearing on the webcam continuously, and whenever the person in front of the display looks away, YouTube videos get paused by the app. The API is experimental in nature and will ask you for permission before providing camera access to the extension.

Setting Up FacePause On Google Chrome (Integrated/Standalone Webcam Required)

chrome://flags#enable-experimental-web-platform-features 

The extension does not work flawlessly and fails to detect faces properly. The developer has planned future updates to allow the app to function better over the coming weeks.



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