We do a lot on our computers every day, and even though apps like web browsers let you track your browsing history, there’s no easy way to go back in time to check something you’ve been working on—until now. Rewind AI has announced a new app that records everything you do on your Mac so you can refresh your memory at any time.
A new way to replay what you’re doing on your Mac
As the name suggests, Rewind AI records absolutely everything you’ve seen, said or heard while using your Mac. With these recordings, users can easily go back to a specific time of day to watch them again. But the app goes far beyond just saving a long screen recording.
There aren’t many details about the technologies behind the app, but the company’s website says it uses “crazy compression” that can accommodate a huge amount of data without significant quality loss. The developers claim that a 10.5GB recording gives a 2.8MB file. This allows Rewind AI to “store years of recordings.”
The app also uses OCR to identify text content combined with speech recognition to provide powerful search capabilities. In a short demo video shared by the company, we can see that the app interface has a search bar where users can go back to a specific time of day by typing a word or phrase.
Interestingly, Rewind AI for Macs was made with Apple silicon chips. This is because it uses specific features of Apple’s SoCs to accommodate everything without overwhelming system resources such as CPU and RAM. “It feels practically imperceptible,” says the app’s website.
However, there are many privacy concerns about an app that records everything that users do on their computer. The Rewind AI website says that the recordings are stored locally and that the app has no cloud integration. Users can also delete recordings at any time, as well as exclude specific apps from the recordings.
still, ArsTechnica note that there are many other situations that put users at risk. This includes potential abuse by bosses, law enforcement and repressive governments. Not to mention legal issues of recording sensitive information or potential data leaks.
There is no word on when Rewind AI will be released to the public. Those interested in trying out the platform can sign up on the company’s website. Would you use such software? Let us know in the comments below.
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