Tell Your Computer "That's too blue" and Bam, Less Blue! - Xerox Invents "NATURAL LANGUAGE COLOR" interface.

Can a human description of color translate to a computer? Can you say "That flower is a smidge too red" and expect the computer to correct it, knowing what a smidge is? How do we humans know what a smidge is? According to the scientists at Xerox who invented a natural language interface for color image editing called "Natural Language Color" we do know what we mean when we say "a smidge".
Figure 1 below shows an original unedited image. Figure 2 is the edited image using Natural Language Color technology with the spoken command of "Make the golds very strongly more saturated". Natural Language Color editing is available as "Color By Words" in the Xerox Phaser 7500 color printer. The software recognizes 50,000 detailed descriptions of color shades like "baby blue". This groundbreaking technology will impact photographers, graphic artists, printers, and designers in a huge way by speeding up the process of image editing.

Figure 1 - Original unedited image. Figure 2 - Image after command "very strongly more saturated". Images: Xerox.

Image: Karen Braun, Xerox Research Center. Photo Credit: Kevin Rivoli.

Karen Braun, Xerox color research scientist, writes the numerical algorithm used by a printer to print the color orange. Braun is among the team who created the Natural Language Color interface that now allows you to tell the printer what shade of orange you want.

And from a statement by Karen Braun of the Xerox Research Center, "We are exploring several different mechanisms for delivering this technology to our customers. A stand-alone tool (or Photoshop plug-in) is on the table. This tool allows customers to meet ever-tighter deadlines by bringing color printing tasks in-house, right to the desktop."

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