Want to know what the future of image editing looks like? Meet PixelTone… and the future may be closer than you think.
PetaPixel posted an article about this revolutionary new image editing app that’s not only in development, it’s already in the prototype phase. With PixelTone, you can edit images using voice commands as well as using it’s “smart” features which will allow users to “teach” the app to identify user definable objects and people (using face detection). It’s too early to tell what the final product will look like, but from what we’re seeing in the video, PixelTone could be a very exciting new development.
The [PixelTone] research team is a collaboration of people from Adobe Research and the University of Michigan. They called PixelTone “A Multimodal Interface for Image Editing.”
[The video above is] an amazing demonstration video introducing the app and showing what may soon be possible in the world of photo editing.
The app is geared toward making photo editing as hands free as possible. Aside from single gestures in order to tell the computer what you’re referring to or to teach it new things, everything is done through voice commands.
Basic functions include minor adjustments (e.g. brightness, cropping) in certain areas of the frame.
More advanced features include the ability to teach the program about things inside the photograph. Select a shirt and say, “this is a shirt.” Select a face and tell it the person’s name.
Once the computer has learned the people and objects within the shot, you can make adjustments specifically to those learned objects. Telling the program to “change the color of the shirt” presents you with a slider that only changes the shirt’s color. You can even tell PixelTone to make the photo look “retro”.
The researchers will be presenting their findings later this year at a human-computer interaction conference in Paris. No word yet on when we might see this technology hit mainstream photo editing. (Read article on PetaPixel)
My 2 Cents
This looks like exciting technology to say the least, and anything that can be done to make photo editing easier, more enjoyable and most importantly cut down on the learning curve is a welcome advancement. We’ll be keeping our eyes on this one…