This Apple Invention Makes Your iPhone Camera Smarter
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones may soon acquire a built-in “cameraman” feature that will automatically choose which camera to use depending on the situation, reports Apple Insider. In a patent titled “Automatic Video Stream Selection,” Apple outlines a method that allows a “handheld communication device” with front and rear-facing cameras to process video from both cameras simultaneously and automatically select which video to stream.
While this method could obviously be used to improve Apple’s FaceTime feature, it could also transform iPhones into intuitive recording devices in situations where users need to switch between cameras for different speakers or for other reasons. In one embodiment, the iPhone will automatically detect which camera to stream video from based on visual or audio cues.
For example, the iPhone may switch video streams “by detecting the direction of sound or lip movement of the person” through the device’s microphones or camera. This would create a “multiplexed video stream” using video from both cameras. This mode could conceivably be used by a reporter who wanted to provide video footage of a scene whenever they were not talking.