When everything you see can connect you to a world of information, a single glimpse can diversify into a global experience. Visual search technology makes this possible. By allowing an individual to see something, be curious about that thing, and then expose the question of that curiosity to an information source as vast as the internet, we are opening a new world of information availability.
The process involves drawing important information from an image, such as color, texture, shape, etc, and then putting those features to text-based search. While pattern searches are in development, the image-to-text meta-data format is currently the most effective and widely used.
Visual search technology is now strongly tied to marketing application as a means of growth and development. Consumers are quickly connected to potentially hundreds of vendors with the single tap of a finger. Finding the best vendor for you, from anywhere in the world, can be as simple as taking a picture of the product.
Among the most effective developers in this field, Slyce has put notable skill and effort toward exemplifying the application potential of the technology. As a consumer-oriented application, Slyce has incorporated this 3D capacity into a single application with previously existing visual search options, such as bar-code scanning and 2D image searches. The name Slyce is appropriate, as a consumer is given the ability to turn one option into many.
Whether for marketing or for information, it is undeniable that visual search is going to change everything. You might wonder what kind of tree you’re looking at, or which architect designed a building you fancy.
Other potential future uses might include survival guides carefully crafted to identify one’s way through the wild, or a medical scanner to pull up medical response information based on the image of a wound or a questionable cellular growth on one’s body due to the image recognition. Or imagine creating a personalized language-learning database that saves words for the images you take. The camera is the eye and the internet is the collective brain through which that image will process.
Knowing nearly everything about something can soon require little more than the simple act of seeing it. This is the future of visual search technology.