Have you ever seen a picture on the web and can’t find where its from or who took it? I personally get it a lot with people posting pictures of art with a tag line “Oh my god I love this!” but there’s no artist name, no title. Mildly infuriating.
Luckily image-searches are becoming popular: Google has a well known one, and if you’re using Chrome as your browser you can right click on most images for the option “Search Google for this image” and if you’re lucky, you’ll end up with the original source and possibly some additional sizes or variants.
If you have a Facebook, you may have been surprised (or even a bit creeped out) when Facebook knew how to tag your photos based on facial recognition. From recognizing art in Google Images, to identifying your friend’s face in Facebook, the image recognition era has begun.
But what about seeing things in real life and at a moment’s notice? For instance, there’s apps out there where you can take a picture of a wine bottle label, and it will search archives for reviews and other information. Pretty cool, especially given the myriad of wine types and flavors thrown at us in liquor or grocery stores.
But what if you could do that with nearly any product? Fashion, clothes, furniture or even home improvement items? Ever see something someone is wearing and absolutely have to have it? Or at the very least see where you can get it? There’s a company called Slyce that will help you with just that. It allows users on http://slyce.it/ to take photos of things in real life and search for product recognition. When a match is found the price tag is there and an easy to use checkout is enabled.
We’re seeing a full integration between daily life and the “cloud” take place in this decade. With companies like Slyce bringing what you see out in the real world into your own home at the click of a button, it’s not far fetched that soon everything is going to be at our fingertips.