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Microsoft Pix : Artificial Intelligence To Your iPhone’s Camera

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and IOS

Microsoft Pix has serious intelligence behind the lens, so it can automatically tweak settings for each shot, and immediately enhance your photos, to help people and scenes look their best. Now you can just enjoy the moment, instead of struggling to capture it! Point. Shoot. Perfect.

Microsoft Pix has the features you expect in a camera app – shooting photos and videos, editing tools, filters, gallery view, and sharing. But Microsoft Pix is different from other photo apps, because it’s designed to help take the guesswork out of getting great photos. It’s unique in 3 big ways:

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• People-First – People are the most important photo subjects, so Microsoft Pix uses many intelligent features to help them look their best, without creating extra work for you.
• Smart – Microsoft Pix is a bit like having a pro photographer inside your camera, tweaking settings, selecting the best shots, and enhancing them on the fly.
• Fun – Microsoft Pix helps you have fun with photos and videos, by doing things like creating a short, looping video clip when it senses motion in a photo, or helping you stabilize and time lapse your videos.

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Microsoft Pix captures a burst of 10 frames with each shutter click – some from before the tap – and uses artificial intelligence to select up to three of the best, unique shots. Before the remaining frames are deleted, the app uses data from the entire burst to remove noise, and then intelligently brightens faces, beautifies skin and adjusts the picture’s color and tone. These best, enhanced images are ready in about a second.

While the app is selecting and enhancing the best of the burst, another set of algorithms sorts through the frames to determine whether any motion would make for an interesting looping video within the image, such as a person’s hair tussled by the wind or the cascade of a waterfall in the background. If so, the app will loop the specific motion for a Harry Potter-esque effect called Live Image.

Live Image vs. Live Photo

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Rather than capturing a video of the moment surrounding the shutter tap, Microsoft Pix produces a smooth, stable video with even exposure called a Live Image. They’re created by auto-enhancing each burst frame, stitching them together, and looping the action. This means you see water flowing and hair blowing, but not the camera instability during capture, or exposure adjustments present in the Live Photo.

Animated GIF Comparison

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Our Best Image feature auto-selects the best photo from the burst, based on photo criteria like exposure and sharpness, and on people criteria like open eyes and smiles. Pix selected a frame where the child’s eyes are more open, and auto-adjusted exposure to capture detail in people’s faces, hair and clothing, without losing color accuracy and background detail.

It works on everything from the iPhone 5S or iPad Air and beyond, and you can download it from the App Store now. Android Version is coming soon.

MIcrosoft Pix [Android – Coming Soon] [iOS]

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