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An intelligent method to share and retrieve photos Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248928D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 78K

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An increasing number of photos are taken in various activities nowadays. How to share the photos efficiently to the right individuals has become an issue. Based on face-scanning technology, we propose a process to send and retrieve photos: the photo senders put all the photoes taken in a folder, and the photo receivers scan their faces to get only their part of the photos. In this way, the photos can be shared efficiently while the receivers' privacy are still well-protected.

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An intelligent method to share and retrieve photos

In activities, such as a get-together, party, or tour, people take photos for each other, for individuals and groups; but how to share these photos while keeping privacy becomes a problem. Usually, people need to categorize and pick up the photos that contains a specific person, and then send he or she these photos. It is quite time-consuming when there are a number of group photos taken for various people. Alternatively, the photo sender can compress all the photos into a zip package, upload it somewhere, and ask others to download the file. However, in this way it may violate the privacy of some people because everyone can access all the photos taken, and own anyone else' photos in the file.

This idea aims at improving the efficiency of sharing photos while protecting privacy. In this idea, the photos taken during an activity are compressed into a file with faces identified as the passwords. Individuals are asked to get the photos from the file by themselves. They need to scan their faces to get the photos and they can only own the photos that contain their faces and the photos that contain no one's face. This idea has two advantages over the previous solutions: 1. From the photo senders' perspective, it is more convenient because they do not need to send the photos to each one in the photos. 2. From the photo receivers' perspective, it protects their privacy better that others who are not in the same photos cannot see or own their photos. This idea is demonstrated by the following flow charts.


Fig 1. Photo senders' process Fig.2 Photo receivers' process

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