What makes Microsoft Pix quite unique from other camera apps is its power of artificial intelligence to correct or edit your photos. Also, it can do some tricks, such as turn photos into a row of “live photos,” add artistic flair into your images by learning new tricks over time. And, with this new update, this iOS app just got another AI trick to the stack, the ability to take pictures of whiteboards and convert them into useful images.
“We have data that shows people are taking a lot of whiteboard photos at work, they are doing a lot of document scanning,” said Josh Weisberg, a principal program manager in the Computational Photography Group within Microsoft’s research organization in Redmond, Washington.
So, from now on, you can use Microsoft Pix to take photos of what’s written on the whiteboard while you’re in a meeting, and remember it later. The app will then represent the photo to you by sharpening the focus, ramping up the tone and color, cropping out the background and re-aligning the image properly.
As Microsoft says, this feature will not only work for whiteboards, but also for documents and business cards. The trick is pretty similar to one of Microsoft’s own Office Lens app, but unlike this app, Microsoft Office doesn’t focus on productivity, instead, it uses AI to recognize whiteboards and documents automatically. The update is currently available on the App Store.