Microsoft Pix is an artificial brain for iPhone. Microsoft has introduced a new camera app called Microsoft Pix. The company describes the app as a “smarter camera app”. The company claims that iPhone camera can take better photographs than what the default camera app in iOS does.
The app uses most of the research done by Microsoft Research.
Microsoft Pix captures a burst of 10 frames with each shutter click – some from before the tap. It uses artificial intelligence to select up to three of the best and unique shots. Before the app deletes remaining frames, the app uses data from the entire burst to remove noise, and then intelligently brightens faces, beautifies skin and adjusts the color and tone.
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.
Weisberg and his team released an iPhone app Wednesday that changes the playing field. It puts the skill of a professional photographer in your pocket.
“We think that people are the most important subject in the photographs you take,” Weisberg says. One of the algorithms running in the background, for example, detects whether eyes are open or closed. Images from the burst of frames with open eyes rank higher.
Weisberg says his motivation for the app grew from his wife’s frustration over the quality of the photos she took of their kids with her iPhone. That got Weisberg thinking.
“Given all that the phone knows about a user, why can’t it take better photos?” he recalls thinking.
Microsoft Pix is integrated with the iPhone camera roll. Also, it works on older iPhone models including the 5S. So you don’t have to upgrade your phone to take better pictures.