Siri May Be Able to Search Photos Soon


Jon Reed of iPhoneFAQ reports, "Apple's overhauled Photos application that debuted with iOS 7 earlier this year introduced automatic photo sorting by date and location. A new patent application that surfaced at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday suggests that Apple wants to improve upon this idea by allowing users to tag photos and search for them using Siri. The patent, entitled 'Voice-Based Image Tagging and Searching,' describes how the idea works in its abstract: 'The electronic device provides a natural language text string corresponding to a speech input associated with the digital photograph. The electronic device performs natural language processing on the text string to identify one or more terms associated with an entity, an activity, or a location. The electronic device tags the digital photograph with the one or more terms and their associated entity, activity, or location'."


Reed continues, "That is basically a long-winded way of saying that you will be able to add tags to your photos with your voice and then ask Siri to search for photos based on their tags. For example, as described in the summary, someone who has a photo of him/her self at the beach may tag the photo with the phrase 'this is me at the beach.' The photo will be tagged appropriately and the natural language processing will intelligently cull additional information that was not explicitly said in the tagging (such as the person's proper name from "me" or location data) and add more tags."


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