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Method for Automatically Generating a Collage using Social Media Content

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000231906D
Publication Date: 2013-Oct-13
Document File: 2 page(s) / 35K

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Abstract

A method is disclosed for automatically generating a collage using social media content. The method utilizes hash tags (#) associated with a collection of photos and create an instant collage. Further, the method includes photos of relevant people by performing facial recognition, thereby matching the hash tags with the people.

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Method for Automatically Generating a Collage using Social Media Content

Currently, applications which allow for creation of collages and cards rely on users to select each picture. There is a need for an application which generates a collage automatically using hash tags and concepts such as facial/location recognition.

Disclosed is a method for automatically generating a collage using social media content. The method utilizes hash tags (#) associated with a collection of photos and create an instant collage, as shown in Figure. Further, the method includes relevant people by performing facial recognition, thereby matching the hash tags with the people.

In accordance with the method, adding a combination "#" tag and "@" symbol initiates processing that includes facial recognition, auto cropping and arrangement of photos in a collage. When the processing is complete, the user is presented with a preview of the collage. Thereafter, the user accepts the collage, and chooses from a variety of options, including saving to hard drive, printing on the spot and sending to a local shop for printing. Alternatively, the user manually adjusts positioning of photos within the collage to further customize the collage. In case the user is not satisfied with the collage, the user can decline the collage and recreate the collage using different variables and options.

In an exemplary implementation, the method enables a user to upload photos to a social networking site, and tags them with a hash tag, for example, "#instacollage". The hash tag initiates processing and logic to use a pre-defined collage template along with image processing functions (cropping, resizing etc.) on the photos to create a collage that the user can preview and print.

In another exemplary implementation, the method enables a user to identify pre-existing photos w...