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Siri will help you search through your pictures, according to new patent application from Apple

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Siri will help you search through your pictures, according to new patent application from Apple
Apple has filed a patent application with the USPTO for a process which would allow Siri to sort through your pictures, and using a vocal command, find the one you're looking for. The patent, titled "Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching," describes using "natural language" text strings to tag a picture on an iPhone. Those wanting to call up a specific picture could ask Siri to find the photograph by talking to the virtual personal assistant and mentioning a specific name, location or an activity.

Apple says that with smartphone users taking so many pictures, there needs to be a better way to sort through them. The Cupertino based tech titan says that associating photos with the names of people or places makes them easier to find. In addition, Apple's patent reveals that users will be able to tag pictures with their voice. The patent uses for an example, an iPhone user saying "This is me at the beach," and having that verbal description associated with a specific photo.

The photo gallery in iOS 7 currently files pictures by year. Zooming in on a thumbnail picture allows one to find the exact date and location of the photo. Using this system, one could ask Siri to "find pictures taken in New York during 2013." The patent also notes that pictures could automatically be tagged using GPS and the phone's clock so that they can be filed by location and time. This way, each individual shot won't have to be tagged. Apple's patent also discusses the ability of Siri to remember faces and places. If the user tells Siri that he is in a particular snapshot, the system could tag all other pictures containing the user's face.

Apple files a patent application that would allow Siri to help you find a specific picture stored on your iPhone

Apple files a patent application that would allow Siri to help you find a specific picture stored on your iPhone


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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posted on 26 Dec 2013, 20:08 6

1. apple4never (Posts: 970; Member since: 08 May 2013)


this has NSA written all over it

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:47

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Now they want to spy on what kind of dirty pictures you're taking. I'd say still invades privacy. And enough already with patents.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:58

11. Ashoaib (Posts: 2371; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Point to be noted...

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 20:10 6

2. Sire3008 (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Is this worth patenting?

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:46

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Nothing isn't worth patent by Apple

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:21

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8815; Member since: 14 May 2012)


IG, if you had 10% of the brain capacity that regular people have, you'd know Apple how stupid your comment was. Why do you even still come to PA...?

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 20:30

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 12353; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Now that's a nice feature, hope it makes it into iOS 8. Mos def patent that one apple.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 21:44

4. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


not liking the part that remembers faces

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:12 1

6. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Facial recognition has been used in photo software for some years now.

As much as Apple's legal department wants you to think they come up with new scary ideas, the scary ideas are quite old.

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 22:10 2

5. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


You know, I was thinking once, "Wouldn't it be a totally innovative idea if we could speak and translate that to text and then tag things?"

Then I thought, "No it wouldn't. Text to speech is older than I am, and a patent for this concept borders on insane."

posted on 26 Dec 2013, 23:29

7. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Inb4 Samsung or Apple patents removable backs or "specialized slot for insertion of expandable memory" - better known as SD card slot!

Nah, I kid! That's never gonna happen.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 03:17

8. Penny (Posts: 1242; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Not sure exactly how this would function, but I think it could potentially be a really cool idea. I take a lot of photos with my phone (it's the primary camera for a lot of people nowadays), and I'd love to just say something like "find the picture I took of the cliff overlooking the beach in San Diego." I would definitely use that.

posted on 28 Dec 2013, 16:15

13. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


My guess is apple saw this in use somewhere already, and are trying to claim credit for it.

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