3M’s Futuristic New ePrivacy Filter Software, and Some Fascinating Facts About 3M

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Do you work at a job where for security reasons, you need to make sure no one can see what’s on your screen but you? Or maybe you just get really annoyed when the local office snoop tries to read your emails while you’re reading or writing them? If so, 3M’s just come out with a pretty clever little lightweight ePrivacy Filter application that uses your webcam to make sure this sort of thing can’t happen.

While you can tweak the settings to your liking, how it generally works is the software starts by using your webcam to scan your face. Once it’s got a good look at your decidedly attractive visage, it then works like this. First, if someone else tries to sit down at your computer, the software won’t recognize their face and your screen will be all blurred out for them, making it impossible for them to access anything on your machine.

Second, if you are the one sitting down at your computer, it notices this via the facial recognition software and automatically unblurs your screen, so long as you are looking at the screen. If you get up to use the bathroom or something, or just look away from your screen, blurry-city automatically comes back.

The other cool thing this software does is if some person sneaks up behind you, the software lets you know they are there with a pop-up of their face on your screen. If you don’t want them seeing what you’re working on, you can then just quickly look away from the screen, perhaps at the snooper, and the auto-blur action will instantly engage. Once Snooper McSnooperton is gone, simply look back at your screen and everything instantly goes back to normal, so you can continue working.

You can also combine this ePrivacy Filter software with 3M’s Privacy Filter, which makes it so people sitting next to you can’t see what you’re working on either; so with the two combined you get total 180 degree visual privacy of your screen.

If you want to give their ePrivacy software a try and have a Windows-based system (and, of course, a webcam installed on your computer), you can do so for free, via a 30 day free trial they’re offering TodayIFoundOut visitors.

Simply download the software here: Download a 30-day free trial of 3M™ ePrivacy Filter Software

Once you’ve downloaded it, use the activation code: VX7J-3CVJ-AyW2-X4PQ and enjoy not having to worry about snoopers anymore. You can also Learn more about 3M™ ePrivacy Filter Software here.

Bonus 3M Facts:

  • One of 3M’s most successful products, Post-It Notes, were actually generally rejected when first released. In 1977, 3M began running test sale runs of the Post-It note, then called “Press ‘n Peel,” in a certain areas in four different cities to see if people would buy and use the product. It turned out, no one much did, which confirmed in the minds of many 3M executives that it wasn’t a good commercial product, as they’d generally thought before. Luckily for offices the world over, Vice President of Technical Operations for 3M Geoff Nicholson and Joe Ramey, Nicholson’s boss, didn’t feel like giving up yet. They felt the marketing department had dropped the ball in that they hadn’t given businesses and people samples of the product to use to let them see for themselves how useful these sticky notes could be. So a year after the initial flop, 3M tried again to introduce the Post-It note to the world, this time giving huge amounts of free sample Post-It note pads away in Boise, Idaho, with the campaign deemed “The Boise Blitz.” This time, the re-order rate went from almost nothing, in the previous attempt, to 90% of the people and businesses that had received the free samples. For reference, this was double the best initial rate 3M had ever seen for any other product they’d introduced. Two years later, the Post-It note was released throughout the United States and quickly became an office-staple.
  • Ever wonder why the standard color for Post-It notes is yellow? It turns out this was kind of an accident. The official story from some at 3M is that it was because it created a “good emotional connection with users” and that it would “contrast well stuck to white paper.” However, according to the aforementioned former Vice President of Technical Operations for 3M, Geoff Nicholson, there was no such thought given to the color. The real reason Post-It notes were yellow was simply because the lab next door to where they were working on the Post-It note “had some scrap yellow paper – that’s why they were yellow; and when we went back and said ‘hey guys, you got any more scrap yellow paper?’ they said ‘you want any more go buy it yourself’, and that’s what we did, and that’s why they were yellow. To me it was another one of those incredible accidents. It was not thought out; nobody said they’d better be yellow rather than white because they would blend in – it was a pure accident.”
  • Scotch tape is another office staple we have 3M to thank for. Despite the name, Scotch tape wasn’t invented by the Scottish. It was invented by a college dropout named Richard Drew from Minnesota who worked for 3M. As for why it’s called “Scotch,” in the 1920s the term “Scotch” was a slang term that meant someone or something that was cheap or stingy. Drew and his bosses thought this “cheap” name worked well for the tape, so went with it.
  • Ever wonder what the company name “3M” stands for? Well, wonder no more. It stands for “The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.” If this seems strange given the types of products they typically make today, such as medical, office supplies, and the security software talked about above, among many other things, in 1902 they started out as a mining company, who, as it turned out, wasn’t very good at mining. Specifically, they started out with the intention of mining the necessary types of stone for making grinding wheels and sand paper.
  • So what happened then? 3M nearly was a failed business almost as quickly as they began. The stone they first mined and sold for making grinding wheels, which was supposed to be corundum, was rather a low grade anorthosite, which was useless for making those products. Not to be deterred, they decided to close down their mining operation and to just purchase the necessary materials for making sand paper and grinding wheels from somebody else. This didn’t work out either.
  • What happened? The shipment of the mineral abrasive garnet they purchased was sent from Europe along with a shipment of olive oil packed next to it. The result of this was that some of the olive oil had seeped into the stones. This was not discovered until after 3M had made and sold the sandpaper with this stone as the abrasive. Customers complained that the abrasive kept falling off the sandpaper they had purchased from 3M, making it quite useless. At this point, 3M discovered the problem with the olive oil in the mineral and subsequently thought of a way to fix the rest of the stone they had purchased. They fixed the problem by heating the garnet over a fire to remove the olive oil and then made new sandpaper from it to sell.
  • The company narrowly survived and soon became stronger because of this second disaster. How? Following this, they decided to start a small laboratory for quality control testing and researching new innovative product, the latter of which is why the company has such diverse and innovative product today.
  • The first product to result from their lab was “Three-M-ite” developed in 1914, which was an abrasive cloth good for metal cutting and which was extremely flexible. They also soon after developed the world’s first waterproof sandpaper. These products quickly became hugely popular and helped make 3M a profitable company by 1916 and one year later sales reached over $1 million for the first time. And the rest is history.

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  • Jim

    Hi Daven, thanks for the article! I’d love to try out the software, but none of the links for download seem to work. Further search on 3M’s website proved fruitless as well. If you have any updates about the free trial, please let me know.

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Jim: I’ll email them and see what’s up. Those are the links they gave me to use. 🙂 Check back in a day or two and I’m sure I’ll have the issue fixed.

    • Daven Hiskey

      @Jim: Alright, all fixed now. 🙂

  • Jim

    Hey, thanks!