Apple is connecting people through a new feature that will allow users more efficiently share information. A new patent application from Apple, also known as “systems and methods for sending digital images”, describes a new system which helps streamline the process of sharing photos with large groups of people. A new imagined service applies facial recognition algorithms to a digital image and offers the alternative to share it with the recognized people via SMS, email or other forms of communication. According to official statements, Apple will use facial recognition for easier photo sharing.
The new feature is highly similar with the Facebook Moments app, which has rolled out this summer. The service also makes use of facial recognition technologies to help distribute photos to the people who appear there. It is a highly advanced app that describes a large list of methods for streamlining the sharing of photos, by linking faces to contact data.
In Apple’s case, the new system is able to put a name to that face in a group photo and instantly suggest a relevant list of potential recipients based on the information it gathers directly from the picture. Contact information is picked up from another app such as Contacts and associated to the faces identified in the group photo. Based on their desires, users can also send address and other personal information to all identified faces, manually.
This new patent allows people more efficiently connect and exchange information with each other. Personal relationships can be managed more accurately and that random night out when you were all tipsy but didn’t exactly have the chance to exchange names, can turn into a strong friendship or an intimate relationship.
Systems and methods for sending digital images can be used in various ways, as users can instantly receive photos in which they are identified in an opt-in basis, according to AppleInsider.com. Users can thus upload a picture to a particular cloud service for facial recognition and then instantly send out shared photo alerts to all identified in the picture. For security and privacy reasons, the initiator is enabled to restrict the sharing process to limited groups, banning access on a per-user basis or send out share invites to other users who are not present in the group photo.
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