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Tired of using a timer to snap a picture? Microsoft has a solution for you. Well, it’s not a particularly original solution, at least not at this point. But the company is hoping to patent the approach.

A newly surfaced patent application, first reported by Patent Bolt, describes a method for “voice-controlled camera operations,” in which a person can use voice commands to control a camera, to reduce camera shake or to take a picture from across the room. Smartphone cameras are one obvious scenario for this technology, but the patent application also mentions tablets and dedicated cameras.

Microsoft applied for the patent in November 2011, and it was made public last week. In the meantime, several apps have emerged with this functionality for Windows Phone, iPhone and Android.

WPCentral and Neowin have more on the patent filing.


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