commercial applications for visual search?


This is a video of the google goggles app which does a good job of explaining what the current state of the art in visual search can do. its also being applied to searching patents, product classification based on appearance . This startup is using it for product search. If you had a technology that when you click search takes approx 1 second to search

  1. 10 million images
  2. 100 million images

what markets would you investigate? What pain points can you see it solving?

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asked Dec 17 '10 at 09:45
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Healthcare applications:

  • Medical imaging (find similar images with diagnosis)
  • Medication identification
  • Body type analysis

Big problems, big market, big money...

answered Jan 4 '11 at 14:13
Ben Edwards
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  • Security could also be a big player in visual search. I assume the government would love to be able to visually scan everyone that walks into a federal building or airport and do a search for warrants, terror list etc. Same could go for a big sports stadium. I personally wouldnt care what they scan, but then again I enjoy the ads from double click showing up for sites that I have visited. Once my tv can figure out that I have a beard, and stop showing me TAMPON commercials I will be a very happy man! – Frank 13 years ago


Government will pay you the most and demand the least, especially the U.S. government.

answered Dec 17 '10 at 22:04
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-Person identification - imagine the implications for fb profile photos

-Locations - for geolocation apps and travel companies

-Apparel - what are celebs wearing

Perhaps we finally have a way to help TSA learn to search for terrorists... Never mind... But it's a good demonstration of how prejudices are formed

answered Dec 17 '10 at 17:40
Henry The Hengineer
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  • does finding untagged pics of you and your friends on facebook. – Ben 13 years ago

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