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Apple plans to use Siri and voice tags to filter photos

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday December 26, 2013.

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Siri, show me pictures from Christmas 2014. Siri, show me photos at Buckingham Palace. You can't give those commands to the iOS search and virtual assistant tool, but it's something that Apple is working on making possible. So how exactly would photo search via Siri work?

Instead of manually swiping through iPhotos and organizing images according to location or date, iPhone and iPad owners would be able to discover images using voice search. Apple has filed a patent for tagging photos with a voice while a photo is taken, which would provide the data necessary to return to that information later. For instance, someone could say, "This is my wife at Buckingham Palace," and the associated tags would be wife, Buckingham Palace. Months later when the user asks to see photos of his wife in England, Apple could use the tags to find results.

The system could also use automatic tags for GPS locations and recognizing landmarks. Google has a similar system for Google+ that recognizes landmarks and can automatically recognize the Eiffel Tower in the background. Apple could open that up to be beyond just location, so Siri would be able to combine with manual tags to make photo tagging and voice search a selling point of iOS.

source: AppleInsider

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