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

0. phoneArena 26 Dec 2013, 20:05 posted on

Apple has filed a patent application with the USPTO for a process which would allow Siri to sort through your pictures and 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...

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posted on 26 Dec 2013, 20:08 6

1. apple4never (Posts: 942; Member since: 08 May 2013)


this has NSA written all over it

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:47

10. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6349; 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: 1795; 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: 6349; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Nothing isn't worth patent by Apple

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 09:21

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8093; 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: 10886; 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: 501; 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: 1131; 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: 1729; 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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