One of Google's latest inventions that were published by the US Patent Office today relates to a digital photo frame with unique "dial-a-tag" functionality. In our cover graphic above you can see Google's illustration of a digital photo frame that has a docking station for an Android smartphone. The dial-a-tag functionality will enable a user to make an outgoing phone call via their Android phone to a friend or client appearing in a digital photo rendered in digital photo frame automatically by simply touching the face in the photo. When someone is calling you, be it a friend or in context with a conference call, photos of the caller(s) will automatically appear in the digital photo frame. In a conference call, the participants could be illustrated in the form of a slide show format.
Most digital photo organizers today associate tags with photos from a user's digital photo archive. Tags are especially useful for identifying objects appearing in digital photos. Objects may be inter alia people, business establishments, organizations, governments and municipalities, geographical sites, entertainment services and information services. Such tags are referred to as "name tags".
Many users today are familiar with web-based image applications and social networks use name tags such as Facebook and Google's Picasa Web Albums. Adding the ability to simply touch a photo or the face of one individual in a photo is what Google is proposing.
The invention isn't limited to a digital photo frame as the patent application later states that it will be able to be used by "any computing device that enables photo tagging." So this new functionality will likely be coming to a future Android smartphone. Technically speaking, an Android smartphone docked to a Chromebook or desktop may be able to take advantage of such a feature should Google decide to expand on this concept.
Google's patent application that was published today by USPTO was originally filed in September 2013. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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