Microsoft has launched yet another app for a rival platform – Selfie for iOS. The app’s function is to simply make the images appear enhanced and better by automatically adjusting the colour balance, skin tone, and lighting in the given environment.
The user interface of Microsoft Selfie is fairly simple with minimal and easy to access features. The app takes age, gender, skin tone, lighting, and many other variables into account and captures image accordingly. The iOS users can either click a new image from the device’s front-facing or rear camera, or select an existing image from the local storage. The image can be further edited using any one of the 13 photo filters along with other functions such as noise reduction, colour theme, and others.
Microsoft Selfie however, gives no way to users to directly share their edited final image to social networking websites such as Instagram, Google Photos, Facebook, or Twitter. It can be downloadedfrom the App Store. It weighs 56.9MB and is compatible with iOS 8.0 and later OS versions. Microsoft has not yet given any word on when they will launch the app for Android.
The app also gives us a glimpse of Microsoft’s machine learning technology. The company demoed its machine-learning tech in May by introducing its How Old website, which uses the machine learning technology to detect the age of a user from a photograph. The company also said that Project Oxford, which can already determine your age by looking at your photo, can now also read your emotional state. It says that Project Oxford, among other things, can identify the following qualities: anger, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise, or even the “neutral” state.