Vogue Business: Pinterest opens up its trove of consumer trends data

Vogue Business: Pinterest opens up its trove of consumer trends data. “The visual search engine is introducing Pinterest Trends, a new tool that gives public information on top US search terms within the past 12 months and information on when top terms peak. It also shows trending search terms for various topics, just like how Google will suggest specific search keywords. Currently in beta, the tool will roll out in coming weeks and is available to all users year-round.”

Digital Trends: Pinterest Lens update keeps inspiration flowing beyond the first search

Digital Trends: Pinterest Lens update keeps inspiration flowing beyond the first search. “Pinterest is making visual searches faster — with results that stick around to generate even more ideas. On Tuesday, September 17, Pinterest launched a revamped Lens, speeding up the process of using the visual search while adding the ability to save those searches to your Boards.”

Visual Search Engines: A New Side Door for Competitors or a Better Infringement Detection Tool? (IP Watchdog)

IP Watchdog: Visual Search Engines: A New Side Door for Competitors or a Better Infringement Detection Tool? . “There is no doubt … that IP owners will be exposed to new and costly infringement tactics as a result of visual search engine technology. Competitors will try to closely imitate digital ad copy and product photographs (including at the metadata level) in order to achieve a prominent ranking in search results when a user searches for the “other guy’s” product. While such imitations may constitute classic copyright infringement, the means by which the infringement is accomplished, i.e. by designing ad copy to exploit visual search engine algorithms, is entirely new.”

AdWeek: Snapchat Is Partnering With Amazon to Test a Visual Search Tool

AdWeek: Snapchat Is Partnering With Amazon to Test a Visual Search Tool . “Snapchat is rolling out a new tool to let users identify objects in real life and then buy them on Amazon. The companies are announcing a partnership for a ‘visual search’ feature, which will let users point Snapchat’s camera app at items to find them within the ecommerce giant’s inventory.”

Neowin: Bing now lets you search the web using your phone’s camera

Neowin: Bing now lets you search the web using your phone’s camera. “Today, Microsoft announced new visual search features for Bing, allowing you to search the web using your phone’s camera. All you have to do is tap the camera icon, snap a pic, and Bing will search for similar things. It’s not just going to search for similar images though. The idea is to allow you to find out more about an item that you’re looking at, such as a landmark or a flower. If you’ve ever been looking at a flower and wanted to know what kind it is, you now have a solution.”

Search Engine Land: Google Lens an impressive start for ‘visual search’

Search Engine Land: Google Lens an impressive start for ‘visual search’. “Google Lens has gone live or is about to on Pixel phones in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore (in English). Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using it extensively and have had mostly positive results — though not always.”

TechCrunch: eBay launches visual search tools that let you shop using photos from your phone or web

TechCrunch: eBay launches visual search tools that let you shop using photos from your phone or web. “eBay today is launching two new visual search tools that will allow online shoppers to use photos they snap, have saved on their phone, or even those they find while browsing the web or other social networking sites, in order to find matching products from eBay’s catalog. The tools, Image Search and Find it on eBay, leverage advancements in computer vision and deep learning, including the use of neural networks, the company notes.”

Yahoo Launches Similarity Searching for Flickr

Yahoo has launched similarity searching for Flickr. “With billions of photos on Flickr, finding the ones you want – by searching based on tags and descriptions – only gets you so far. Today, we’re introducing similarity search, which uses advanced technology to allow you to discover visually similar photos without much work on your end. Here’s how it works: after your initial search, whether you’re looking for your favorite succulent or the perfect image of a ‘67 Mustang (not the horse), just click the ‘…’ in the upper right of the photo you’re excited about. We’ll surface similar images for you.”

Clarifai Is A Newer Player in Visual Search

Vice has a writeup about a newer player in the visual search world. “When you have a photo and want to find a higher resolution copy online, you can use tools like Google Image Search and TinEye. They work in a very specific way extracting specific patterns and how they contrast with their surroundings. That works well for finding alternate copies of the same image, but it’s not so great if you try to go deeper. Enter Clarifai, which creator Matthew Zeiler claims improves upon the techniques used by Google and Tineye by way of superior artificial intelligence.”

Searching a Database of Sports Plays With a Sketch

What an interesting idea: searching a database of sports plays by sketching out an example of what you’re looking for. “The new approach, called Chalkboarding, was developed at Disney Research in collaboration with researchers from STATS, Queensland University of Technology and Caltech as an alternative query language to the keywords typically used to search through massive databases. In user testing with a basketball database, the graphical user interface returned results that were far superior to those identified using keywords. A user can sketch out the desired play or select a play from an actual game and then rapidly search a database to find similar, ranked examples.”