Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad using just your voice

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Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

The video starts with the user viewing an image on an iPad, tapping a microphone icon to trigger a digital assistant. With voice alone, the app makes changes to the photograph, cropping the image to a square, flipping then reversing the flip, confirming changes to be made to the image, and posting the result to Facebook.

The majority of verbal commands used natural language structures, such as "I would like to reframe this picture" and "make it square" for cropping. Following each command, the assistant speaks, confirming each action it performs and advising of how it interprets the vocal instruction.

Notes for the video advise that the Adobe Research team's system is able to accept and interpret the verbal commands "either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service."

Despite the demonstration in the proof of concept video, Adobe admitted that it will be a long time before users can take advantage of such an assistant.

"This is our first step towards a robust multimodal voice-based interface which allows our creative customers to search and edit images in an easy and engaging way using Adobe mobile applications," the company said.

Adobe has been working on introducing machine learning and AI to its Adobe Cloud Platform for some time, and announced in November that it was introducing a framework to automate tasks and to offer extra assistance. Named Adobe Sensei, the service would assist in Stock Visual Search and Match Font, for example, as well as making the Liquify tool in Photoshop "face-aware."

Apple, meanwhile, opened up its voice-driven personal assistant Siri to third-party developers last year with the launch of iOS 10, potentially paving the way for Adobe's concept on iPhones and iPads.


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