Microsoft Pix app scans documents and whiteboards using AI
Microsoft Pix app for iOS gets a new update. With deep-learning capabilities around image, it can capture whiteboards and convert them to images that are usable without the need for manual editing.
Microsoft Pix features the same image correction and alignment algorithm used in Microsoft Office Lens.
The new update is particularly useful for those who take whiteboard photos and capture business card details using iPhone camera.
At the user end, there is no additional effort required to use this updated feature. The AI in Microsoft Pix will automatically adjust the camera settings, improve the image, crops the edges and enhances color and tone. Importantly, it tweaks the image angle for the user to view the image in a straight-on perspective.
This does remind us about another app with AI deep-learning capabilities, the Google Lens.
At 2017 Google I/O held a few months back, Google introduced Google Lens (AI-powered), which is supposed to provide more information of the image clicked using the supported smartphone camera. In the demo, when a poster of music concert was clicked, Google Lens showed the band’s music instantly. Another example is that when you capture a flower image, it can let you know the species, the flower belongs to.
Whether it is Microsoft Lens update or Google Lens, the camera apps can interpret more details than before. This can work either ways. People may find it creepy when AI combines images of documents, people or places, crops and provide quality images automatically, it may also help them save lot of time and improve productivity. Ultimately, the AI dosage will only increase in the near future.