Adobe has released an interesting 30-second concept video that demonstrates a digital assistant making minor changes to an image.
The video begins with a user opening an already edited photograph on an iPad, proceeding to tap on a microphone icon triggering a response from the digital assistant - which sounds similar to Cortana or Siri.
Instead of actually using your fingers, the desired effects are activated upon voice command, allowing a user to make minor edits such as cropping, flipping, and the ability to undo those changes. While there may be future scenarios where having a digital editor could prove to be helpful, the demonstration is rather simplistic.
What is more interesting is that most of the verbal commands used natural language structures, such as "Now flip it sideways" and "I would like to reframe this picture". Following each command, the assistant responds and executes each action.
In the video description accompanying the YouTube video, Adobe said:
"Our speech recognition system is able to directly accept natural user voice instructions for image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service."
Adobe states this is only the first step, and that it may be quite a while before users can take advantage of the assistant? However, Adobe has been working on introducing an AI for its Adobe Creative Cloud suite, called Adobe Sensei for quite some time. The service was announced back in November last year and it may assist users by matching fonts and help identify faces in the Liquify tool.
While the video is only a concept, it could open up some interesting possibilities at least in the creative market. One can assume, however, that the digital assistant may be better off residing and assisting users of Adobe's Photoshop Express, than within the company's professional suites.