Here’s another interesting patent application filing, this time by Google. According to Android Authority, Google has filed an application where a phone’s camera would automatically adjust its settings for weather conditions.
From the article:
According to a patent filed by Google, the Mountain View company wants to give Android the ability to process photos and automatically adjust the white balance, hue, saturation, sharpness, or contrast based on an ambient lighting value derived from the weather conditions at you current location.
I took a look at the patent application, and, while the idea is intriguing, I’m not sure this isn’t a solution in search of a problem. Here was a paragraph that had me scratching my head.
The weather information can be “current” regardless of whether it is real-time information. Thus, for example, weather information collected by the remote server 16 before (e.g. 10 minutes before, 3 hours before, etc.) the request is sent from the image capture device 12 can still be considered current weather information.
I don’t know about where you live, but in the D.C. area, weather conditions can change considerably in three hours. It might be sunny at 9:00 and completely clouded over at noon. And I’ve learned to take the hourly forecast with several spoonfuls of salt. The geek in me goes, “Oh cool!” at this idea. My more practical side can’t help wondering why I don’t just adjust some settings manually. I think I’m capable of looking around and telling my camera or phone that it’s sunny or cloudy. I’m not sure I need my phone to access a weather forecast to do it for me.
What about you? Cool or unnecessary?