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About

The video chat problem

A video call does not feel the same as a meeting in person. It’s not possible to make eye contact, the image may look unflattering, and focusing on the conversation is difficult with distractions and clutter in the background. These drawbacks can make communication awkward, unnatural, and even lead to misunderstandings. If you want to change this you need CatchEye, which takes video chat to the next level.

The CatchEye solution

CatchEye aims to bridge the gap between digital and face-to-face communication. Our video chat add-on enhances the image to make your video calls more personal, engaging and  effective. CatchEye helps to direct the attention to the conversation and removes distractions. In addition, CatchEye enables eye contact, which is one of the most important aspects of human communication and essential for building trust.

Technology

The CatchEye software tracks and maps the shape of the subject’s face, and is able to process the video image to correct all the problems mentioned above. All this is done in real-time as the video is streamed. Our software add-on works with all popular video chat systems such as Skype, Hangouts, Vidyo and Zoom.

The CatchEye history

The CatchEye technology was conceived and developed at ETH Zurich and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology by a research team consisting of computer graphics and computer vision experts. The team commercialized this deep patent-pending technology, spinning it off into a startup company.


People

 

Claudia Plüss
Chief Executive Officer

Claudia is a co-inventor of the CatchEye technology, developed during her PhD studies at the Computer Graphics Laboratory of ETH Zurich, supervised by Prof. Markus Gross. She received her Master’s degree in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2009, working on a joint project with Disney Research Zurich. Claudia spent several months at the Institute for Media Innovation at NTU Singapore, working for the BeingThere Centre, part of the International Research Center for Telepresence and Telecollaboration.

Jan Rüegg
Chief Technology Officer

Jan graduated in 2012 from ETH Zurich with a masters degree, specializing in visual computing. At ETH, he received an Excellence scholarship and Opportunity Award and his masters thesis was published at Eurographics. After ETH, he worked at Dacuda, a startup specializing in computer vision scanning products, where he developed solutions for 2D and 3D scanning, tracking and reconstruction, both on desktop and mobile devices.

Craig Gotsman
co-Chief Scientist

Craig is the Hewlett-Packard Professor of Computer Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. In the past few years he served as the founding director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in New York, and is currently a professor there. Craig co-founded the Technion Center for Graphics and Geometric Computing and works in 3D computer graphics, geometric modeling and animation. He holds ten U.S. patents, and co-founded the startup companies Virtue 3D and Estimotion. He has also has consulted for numerous small and large companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nokia, Shell Oil, Autodesk and Disney. Over the years, Craig has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and a research scientist at MIT. At CatchEye, Craig co-supervises the R&D effort and also leads the business development.

Markus Gross
co-Chief Scientist

Markus is a Professor of Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH), where he is the head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory. He is also the Founding Director of Disney Research Labs, Zürich. His technological interests include physically based modeling, computer animation, immersive displays, and video technology. In 2013 Markus received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (a “technical Oscar”). He has also received the Konrad Zuse Medal of German Computer Science Society and the Karl Heinz Beckurts prize for outstanding and exemplary achievements in research and development and implementation of results into commercial use. Markus has co-founded a number of startup companies, including Cyfex, Novodex, LiberoVision, Dybuster and Gimalon. At CatchEye, Markus co-supervises the R&D effort.