Adobe Photoshop will get its Own Voice-Activated Digital Assistant

January 17, 2017 0 comments

Adobe is planning to enter the digital assistant arena. The software company unveiled its plan through a video released earlier this January 2017. The video is quite brief and simple but it clearly indicates everything we need to know about the new software. Like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Assistant, a microphone icon will be present which will activate the Adobe Photoshop’s digital assistant when pressed.

In the 30-second concept video posted by the company, a man can be seen looking at an image on an iPad. He then taps a microphone at the top of the screen that activates a digital assistant – which sounds similar to Alexa or Siri. Instead of editing the picture manually, the man tells the AI to edit the image. For instance, he says, ‘I’d like to reframe this picture’ and ‘flip it sideways’.

“We combined the emerging science of voice interaction with a deep understanding of both creative workflows and the creative aspirations of our customers,” Adobe shared in the video description.

According to The Verge, this video is a proof of concept for the idea, which Adobe hopes will allow for “image editing either locally through on-device computing or through a cloud-based Natural Language understanding service.” While the edits being done are relatively simple, it’s easy to imagine how Adobe could build out the system for automating more complex tasks. The company is setting a high goal for the project, noting that it’s merely “a first step” toward a voice-based interface that’ll include a search function alongside editing tools.

AI Digital assistant is one particular area which has received considerable attention from tech companies and the worldwide media and it will be interesting to see how Adobe integrates AI-powered digital assistant to increase our productivity.

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