Microsoft Enters the Realm of Voice-Control for Cameras

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There is always a reason behind the invention of devices and whatever that goes with them to make them work. For Microsoft, its venture into the area of cameras that can be controlled by sound waves is all aimed at Window’s smartphone. The invention is appropriate not only for individual self-portraits but also group takes where everyone is invited.

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Strictly speaking it’s a hands-off technique for operating a camera and is the start of a trend that will be both interesting and exciting to first time users. But no matter how excitingly novel, it will soon become the trendy thing to expect and do because very soon everyone will be getting into the act and doing exactly what you will be doing when taking photos.

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At first, the intention by Microsoft to invent such a novelty was only a rumour that the computing giant was testing a new smartphone design and the current revolutionary invention has given away the secret that the invention is on! The popularity and use of computing devices has grown rapidly and the need for giving access to fast image-capture techniques is proving to be a necessity.

Achieving this is not difficult as the main function for enabling quick capture is by tapping a touch screen or pressing a command button. But there are instances where these simple functions may fail, for instance where a smartphone is used for capturing the image. The pressing of a command button for taking a digital photo may cause the camera to shake and result in a distorted photo.

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The voice command that processes the photo capture is the ideal solution for camera shake and all it takes is a voice and an application in the camera itself that can translate the voice to a command for activating the take. The key functional features involve the two proximity sensors (#246 and #248) which can emit beam and receive the reflection of the same infrared beam from a targeted object.

In another example, the smartphone may sport a photodiode (#280) that may be used as the light source for ascertaining objects that are close with enhanced accuracy. Featured also is the shutter button (#224) that may be single-action or dual-action shutter that can detect partial activation or full activation.

It’s also worthwhile noting that the shutter for the button for the dual-action camera features different attributes when in the half-pressed mode or the full activation mode. At the rear end of the next generation smartphone is the camera lens (#260) and a electronic flash light (#265). All these designated components are clearly shown in Fig. 2A and Fig 2B.

Shown clearly also in Fig 9 is the flow diagram showing the path taken by the voice command and the different types of responses that the camera reacts with upon receiving the voice command from the smartphone user. In the first instance, the voice command is sent for capturing an image; the voice command is received and the image capture is activated. The camera takes one or two images.

This revolutionary method of giving an instruction to a device like a camera and its ability to respond is almost robotic in nature and no doubt the technique will keep on improving and will greatly benefit users worldwide.

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