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



1. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

yaaay :D


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

on my n9 "meego" there's already an app that lets me do just that and more, its called Just Ask. these patents are pathetic.

5. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Says the person using an N9 "meego"! Talk about pathetic! Laughing hysterically!

8. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

What's pathetic is the N9 outsold every WP7 Nokia made without any effort whatsoever.

9. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

And yes I'm still laughing! Go ahead find your N9 and meegos on EBAY or where ever you can find outdated,no longer made devices. Great! I just luv how those who don't like WP devices come to Windows Phone articles to talk down an OS that is supposedly not worthy! It must be worthy enough for you to lower your standards and try to bad mouth such an crappy OS. Ooooh, you must feel like such a stud right about now. Yes, keep on coming to Windows Phone articles to say crap. Now that's pathetic! Period.

6. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Let's recap: 2011 - Microsoft and Nokia sign partnership agreement 2011 - Microsoft applies for smartphone voice control photography patent 2011 - Nokia launches N9 smartphone with voice control photography See a pattern?

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

The phone came out before the application did. I doubt Nokia had anything to do with it, seeing how the phone is WP styled.

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

"Focus on her boobs please"

11. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

LOL I didn't get this first time. Nice idea though, voice command for camera focus also.

4. Gothbeard

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Great idea, I'm already using it on CM10.1 If we wait another year, Apple can announce it as their amazing new feature for the iPhone 7.

10. juanyunis

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Mm you can do this with Galaxy S4 (i'm using it with my S4), i guess with other Android phones too.

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