360° Coverage : Apple has New Patent on Siri Photo Search

1 Updates
Apple has New Patent on Siri Photo Search
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Apple has New Patent on Siri Photo Search

Dec 28 2013, 3:50am CST | by

Apple applied for a new patent for a system which would allow Siri to search through photos

In the detailed description of the new patent Apple applied for to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the new system would enable Siri or a ‘voice-based digital assistant’ to search...

Filed under: rumors

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

30 weeks ago

Apple has New Patent on Siri Photo Search

Dec 28 2013, 3:50am CST | by

Apple applied for a new patent for a system which would allow Siri to search through photos

In the detailed description of the new patent Apple applied for to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the new system would enable Siri or a ‘voice-based digital assistant’ to search through photos and tag them. Users could use tags such as a location, a person or an activity. Once tagged, photos can be searched using Siri, using a verbal command. The new patent is called "Voice-based Image Tagging and Searching."

The new app would enable user to describe a photo after taking it by a voice description such as ‘kids at the beach’. The system would use the description to tag the photo automatically, making a later search easy. Besides voice description, photos could also have other tags such as location and user’s name.

In addition, the tags may have additional information that is inferred by the system and not directly included by the user. For example, if the user describes a photo as ‘me in the office’, the system would replace ‘me’ with his full name, which would be much more useful as a tag for search purposes.

Even more interesting is the ability of the app to tag other similar photos based on the tagging description of the original one, saving the user a lot of work. He would be able to recall all of them by simply calling ‘show me all my pictures in the office’ or similar.

The new patented application is the result of the need to systematically catalogue huge number of photos everyone has stored in their iPhones and other devices so that the users can find them easier. At the moment, tagging of the photos is not intuitive and is very time consuming. Tagging with voice commands would be much more convenient and fast.

Apple suggests in the patent description that the new app could tag photographs automatically, based on earlier taken images and could recognize faces, places and buildings.

With iOS 7, Apple already started the work on making the photo organization system better. The Photos app now has more information on the time and location of each photo.  Photos can be organized into categories such as "Moments", a good start for the future Siri’s photo search.

According to the patent application, the inventors of the app are Apple’s former staff members Jan Erik Solem and Thijs Willem Stalenhoef.

Source: Macrumors

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/25" rel="author">Bijon Kumar Pramanik</a>
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Instagram launches messaging app
New York, July 30 (IANS) Social network Instagram has launched its messaging app called Bolt which makes sending visuals easy. The easy to use app allows you to tap once to send a photo and long press to send a video.
 
 
Eating tree nuts daily prolongs life
Toronto, July 30 (IANS) Include at least 50 grams of almonds, cashews, chestnuts, walnuts or pistachios in your diet to control blood fats (triglycerides) and sugars - two of the five markers for metabolic syndrome.
 
 
Sweetened beverages can impair memory
New York, July 30 (IANS) Limit your sugar-sweetened beverage intake if you are a teenager. An alarming study shows that daily consumption of beverages can impair your ability to learn and remember.
 
 
Menu design can spoil diners' mood
New York, July 30 (IANS) If you have ordered the wrong food at a restaurant, do not blame yourself. Curse the menu instead.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Family seeks help for Indian missing in Australia
Sydney, July 30 (IANS) The family of an Indian delivery van driver, who has been missing in Australia for the last three months, has publicly appealed for help here. Shiva Chauhan, 27, had gone missing after carryout...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian art, fashion, films to amalgamate in Singapore
Singapore, July 30 (IANS) A forthcoming event, Singapore Indian Icons of the Year 2014, will bring together known names from the world of Indian art, fashion and Bollywood on Aug 24 for a dazzling event with a unique...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jacques Kallis quits all formats of international cricket
Cape Town, July 30 (IANS) South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis Wednesday announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. Kallis had quit Tests late last year after the series against India but...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Maternity fashion - shirt dress
Los Angeles, July 30 (IANS) Dressing your baby bump needn't be stressful or time consuming - take inspiration from actress Zoe Saldana, who was spotted wearing a chic shirt dress that's easy to wear and comfortable....
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Top doctor in Sierra Leone dies of Ebola
Nairobi, July 30 (IANS/EFE) Sierra Leone's top Ebola virus doctor, Sheikh Umar Khan, died a few days after contracting the lethal disease which has claimed the lives of 672 people in Western Africa, health authorities...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Mayookha fails to qualify for long jump final
Glasgow, July 30 (IANS) Indian athlete Mayookha Johny failed to qualify for the women's long jump final at the Commonwealth Games here Wednesday. The national record holder could only manage a distance of 6.11 metres...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Indian diver Ramanda kept as reserve for final
Glasgow, July 30 (IANS) India diver Ramananda Kongbrailatpam failed to qualify but was kept as a reserve in the final of the men's 1m springboard final in the Commonwealth Games at the Royal Commonwealth Pool here...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Israel announces humanitarian truce in parts of Gaza
Jerusalem, July 30 (IANS) The Israeli military announced Wednesday a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire, starting from 3 p.m. in "non-fighting" regions in the Gaza Strip. The military coordinator of government...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Indian wrestlers eyeing four more CWG golds
Glasgow, July 30 (IANS) Indian wrestlers continued their impressive run at the Commonwealth Games Wednesday with four of them reaching the gold medal playoffs and one the bronze medal match at the SECC Hall here....
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Israel disappointed at withdrawal of South American envoys
Jerusalem, July 30 (IANS/EFE) Israel Wednesday expressed its "deep disappointment" at the withdrawal of the ambassadors of Peru, Chile and El Salvador in protest over the offensive in Gaza, and said it was a "show of...
Read more on Politics Balla