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Voice-Based Camera Self Timer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019298D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Oct-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Oct-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

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Abstract

Built-in cameras have become very popular in mobile phone devices. As the camera functionality and quality increase, the mobile phone will often be used as a substitute for a small digital camera. A current feature thereby is a self timer. The idea is to equip a mobile phone with a self timer that is speech-controlled. To activate the final release sequence of the self timer, the user has to say an appropriate key word. It can be any predefined key word (for example "start", "cheese" etc.) or any of the name entries in the address book. Already existing speech recognition engines, which are presently used e.g. as a support for dialing, allow such key word activation. Advanced engines provide even a recognition that is speaker independent.

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Voice-Based Camera Self Timer

Idea: Kay Kittel, DE-Munich; Klaus Lukas, DE-Munich

Built-in cameras have become very popular in mobile phone devices. As the camera functionality and quality increase, the mobile phone will often be used as a substitute for a small digital camera. A current feature thereby is a self timer.

The idea is to equip a mobile phone with a self timer that is speech-controlled. To activate the final release sequence of the self timer, the user has to say an appropriate key word. It can be any predefined key word (for example "start", "cheese" etc.) or any of the name entries in the address book. Already existing speech recognition engines, which are presently used e.g. as a support for dialing, allow such key word activation. Advanced engines provide even a recognition that is speaker independent.

The inventive step lies in the usage of an acoustic technology for initializing a visual action. This orthogonal usage of modalities allows to take a photo without changing any adjustments at the camera. The user doesn't need to move to the right position quickly, but can simply activate the device by speech when he is ready.