Google announced a new Labs product called “Google Goggles,” for Android-powered smartphone that lets users search by sight. In a nutshell, Goggles lets users search for objects using images rather than words. Simply take a picture with your phone’s camera, and if we recognize the item, Goggles returns relevant search results. Right now Goggles identifies landmarks, works of art, and products (among other things), and in all cases its ability to “see further” is rooted in powerful computing, pervasive connectivity, and the cloud: We first send the user’s image to Google’s datacenters; We then create signatures of objects in the image using computer vision algorithms; We then compare signatures against all other known items in our image recognition databases; and We then figure out how many matches exist; and We then return one or more search results, based on available meta data and ranking signals; and We do all of this in just a few seconds.,” announced Goolge Mobile blog.
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