It’s Monday, which means you need fresh steam under your kettle. I have just the ticket. Today in ridiculous patenting, Microsoft wants to receive protection on the idea of taking a picture using your voice as the catalyst.

Or, put more simply, it wants to patent saying “Take photo!” to your camera, and having it then take a picture. I’m not kidding. Here’s the official verbiage from the patent application:

A computing device (e.g., a smart phone, a tablet computer, digital camera, or other device with image capture functionality) causes an image capture device to capture one or more digital images based on audio input (e.g., a voice command) received by the computing device.

Via GeekWire, here’s an image of the patent in action:


Next we’ll see a patent for someone telling a camera to take two photos.

Top Image Credit: ToddABishop