Say cheese: Microsoft seeks patent for voice control of smartphone camera

Say cheese: Microsoft seeks patent for voice control of smartphone camera
The USPTO has published a patent application submitted by Microsoft that would allow a smartphone camera to be run by voice command. This would allow owners of a phone equipped with the technology to have a camera capture an image without having to press a button. The technology allows the voice command to be turned into an input. From the start screen, a Windows Phone 8 user could say, "Camera. Take photo." This could also come in handy for those who like to snap self-portraits.

Besides opening up the camera application and activating the shutter, voice command could also allow users to keep or delete a particular snapshot. The patent application was filed by Microsoft back in 2011, although the USPTO is just bringing it to our attention.

Part of the application includes a training period to let the technology "learn" your voice and the mannerisms of how you speak for improved accuracy. In addition, users could replace a default phrase with another command. For example, "take picture" could be changed to any rarely used phrase to prevent the taking of an accidental picture. Besides a human voice, a particular noise like clapping hands can be set to fire the camera. We wouldn't recommend that setting for those with the Clapper (Clap on, clap off).

source: PatentBolt via WPCentral

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