Rather than simply help give the right exposure and stabilise bumpy videos, Microsoft Pix will now use its AI to help people take better pictures of documents and whiteboards.
Microsoft Pix is known to use artificial intelligence to help people take better pictures more easily. Now, it is extending this towards taking pictures of documents, whiteboards and business cards.
“We have data that shows people are taking a lot of whiteboard photos at work, they are doing a lot of document scanning,” said Josh Weisberg, a principal program manager in the Computational photography Group, Microsoft.
When you take a picture of a whiteboard, document or business card, the app resizes the image, boosts colour and crops as necessary to ensure a better capture. Documents will now look like documents rather just photographs.
“In this case, we get you a much better photo of a whiteboard without any effort on your part,” said Weisberg.
Other addition to this includes setting effects on images of a document or whiteboard. For instance, adding lines to the image so that it looks like a notebook sheet.
Microsoft had launched the Microsoft Pix, a camera app for the iPhone and other iOS devices, in 2016. The company describes the app as a "smarter camera app" as it thinks that iPhone camera can take better photographs than what the default camera app in iOS is capable of. The app uses most of the research done by Microsoft Research and makes it all in a straightforward and intuitive app that just takes up 149 MB of space.
The app uses a clever technique of taking a burst of photos while automatically analysing the best photo and showing that one photo to you while deleting all other shots. Pix captures and displays photos with better clarity, contrast, and focus in comparison to stock images.
Microsoft Pix Camera is available on the App Store.