Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a new patent that was published on Thursday morning by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This patent filing was named “Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching” and it is described as a string of text in a natural language with images saved on a device (such as the iPhone). These text strings would be associated with speech input so users can access the data on their iPhone simply by conversing with Siri.
Apple patent for Siri has possibilities
Siri is a voice-activated assistant that’s exclusive to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS. This handy feature already enables users to do a multitude of things including send messages, make phone calls, schedule in meetings, search things for you, answer queries via sources, play music, give out direction, and convert words into text. However, this new feature would be ideal for those who take lots of photos. It would organize and make it easier to find photos. The string of words could be anything from a person to location to activity.
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The patent application points toward a trend of growing photo collections devices. Tagging these photos will make it easier for users to organize and search for specific images. Using Siri to organize these photos would make it even more convenient.
Siri patent makes photo organization simpler
This unique system could also recognize specific faces, landscapes, or buildings. If a user tells Siri that they were in photo, the system could intelligently recognize their face in other photos and tag accordingly. It would be easier for users to navigate their photos using just their voice.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) already has something similar: a new photo application that came with iOS 7. These photos are divided into three separate options including Photos, Albums, and Share. These photos are organized by year and are presented as thumbnails. Users can view the image by holding their thumb over the small thumbnails to show a larger thumbnail photo, then release the finger to bring up the full image.