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The New Patent would Allow Siri to Search through Photos

Dec 28 2013, 3:53am CST | by , in Rumors | Apple

The New Patent would Allow Siri to Search through Photos
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Apple’s new patent application describes a new app that would use voice commands to tag and catalogue digital photos

Apple Balla reports that in a response to the increasing need to catalogue and search through digital photos accumulated in iPhones and other devices, Apple applied for a patent for a system that would make searching through photos easier and more intuitive. Apple filed the patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the name "Voice-based Image Tagging and Searching."

The new system enables Siri or a ‘voice-based digital assistant’ to conduct a search of photographs and tag them. The tags that could be used would be a person, an activity or a location.

Users would use voice commands to describe photos like ‘me at the beach’. Using the description to tag the photo, Siri would do it automatically, making a future search much easier. Photos could have other tags besides voice description, like name and location.

A system could also infer additional information on the photo, based on the info stored in the computer. For example, ‘me’ in the voice description would be replaced with the user’s full name, a much more useful information for searches.

The app would be able to automatically tag all photos based on the content description. After the original photo is described and tagged, the system would go through them all and tag all similar photos, allowing user to later simply say ‘show me all photos of me on the beach.’

Current photo tagging system is cumbersome and time consuming. Voice command description and tagging would make the job of tagging and searching much faster and easier.

The inventors listed in the patent application are two Apple’s former employees Jan Erik Solem and Thijs Willem Stalenhoef.

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