We do a lot on our computers every day, and while apps like web browsers let you keep track of your browsing history, there’s no easy way to go back in time and 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 whenever you want.
A new way to rewind 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 and watch it again. But the app goes beyond just saving a long screenshot.
There aren’t many details about the technologies behind the app, but the company’s website says it uses “stunning compression” that can record massive amounts of data without much loss of quality. The developers claim that a 10.5GB clip becomes a 2.8MB file. This allows Rewind AI to “store years of footage.”
The app also uses OCR to recognize textual 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’s interface has a search bar where users can go back to a specific time of day simply by typing in a word or phrase.
Interestingly, Rewind AI was made for Macs with Apple Silicon chips. This is because it uses the special features of Apple SoCs to record everything without excessive consumption of system resources such as CPU and RAM. “It feels almost imperceptible,” says the app’s website.
However, there are many privacy concerns about an app that logs everything users do on their computers. Rewind AI’s website says that footage is stored locally and that the app has no cloud integration. Users can also delete snapshots and exclude specific apps from snapshots at any time.
still ArsTechnica notes that there are many other situations that can put users at risk. This includes potential abuse by bosses, law enforcement and repressive governments. Not to mention the legal issues of recording sensitive information or potential data leakage.
There is no word on when Rewind AI will be released to the public. Those who want to test 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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