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

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.

source: USPTO via AppleInsider



8. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

7. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

5. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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."

4. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

not liking the part that remembers faces

6. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31808; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

2. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Is this worth patenting?

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Nothing isn't worth patent by Apple

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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...?

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

this has NSA written all over it

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Point to be noted...

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