Saturday, January 17, 2009

Finding Stuff

The research into finding images by color and similarity has been ongoing for years. MIT & IBM pioneered the tech and now Idee Labs has moved it onto the web. Tin Eye is an environment that lets one discover how many times a image appears on the web. Better yet, the browser plugin allows you to go where said image(s) are located and best of all, it's free.

Pixisimilar is Idee's server-based environment designed to find content in large image databases using the aforementioned similarity and color methods as the way to do it. This software is in beta as well but implications for this tech are truly profound, especially when semantics becomes part of the equation. Click on the image below to see the workflow to get content into the Idee system.

PS, they are also moving into the music space as well.

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