Shutterfly. has filed a patent for a photo design smart assistant system that reduces similar photos for display and product design. The system includes modules for calculating similarity distances, grouping images, creating designs, and printing physical products. No specific claims are mentioned in the summary. GlobalData’s report on Shutterfly gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Photo design smart assistant system for reducing similar photos

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Shutterfly Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240037623A1) describes a method and system for generating a photo product design using a unique approach. The method involves calculating hash values for images, determining similarity distances between images based on these hash values, and automatically grouping images into bursts when similarity distances are below a specified threshold. The first image from the burst is then selected and displayed in a photo product design on a user interface. Additionally, the method includes sequencing images chronologically, displaying multiple images from a burst for selection, and allowing for the replacement of the displayed image with a user-selected one.

Furthermore, the system described in the patent application includes at least one processor and memory storing instructions for executing the photo-product design system. This system follows a similar process as the method, calculating hash values, grouping images into bursts based on similarity distances, and displaying the selected image on a user interface. The system also allows for sequencing images chronologically, displaying multiple burst images for selection, and discarding duplicate images before final selection. Overall, the patent application outlines a comprehensive method and system for efficiently generating photo product designs based on image similarity and user preferences.

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