Google Visual Search Coming To Android


“Google is working on Google Visual Search, a mobile application that lets users take a picture of a location from their Android-powered smartphone and trigger a Google search that pulls up information associated with the image. The search engine revealed its plans on CNBC’s “Inside the Mind of Google,” segment Dec. 3. Pairing digital ads, possibly from Google’s AdMob acquisition, is a natural way to make money from visual mobile searches. Many people take pictures from their increasingly improving smartphone cameras daily, but imagine if those users could leverage the images as search tools instead of simply fun pictures to look at.”

A couple of provided examples:

“Imagine you are on travel in Paris and you visit a museum. If a picture catches your attention you can simply take a photo and send it to the VMS service. Within seconds you will receive an audio-visual narrative explaining the image to you. If you happen to be connected to a 3G network the response time would be below a second.”

“Visual advertising content may be displayed on a digital billboard or large television screen. A user may take of picture of the billboard and the displayed advertisement to get additional information about the advertised product, enter a contest, etc. The effectiveness of the advertisement can be measured in real time by counting the number of “clicks” the advertisement generates from camera phone users. The content of the advertisement may be adjusted to increase its effectiveness based on the click rate.

The billboard may provide time sensitive advertisements that are target to passing camera phone users such as factory workers arriving leaving work, parents picking up kids from school, or the like. The real-time click rate of the targeted billboard advertisements may confirm or refute assumptions used to generate the targeted advertisement.”

I like where this is going. Giggity.

Check out eWeek’s article if you’d like more info, there’s certainly more to be had!

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Update: Seems it’s actually called “Google Goggles”. Here’s a video that has made it’s way to the youtubes:

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  1. Dont anyone already have something like that. I thought I remember a wiki program that does that already.

  2. Visual search: like.com

  3. I don’t know about that Robert but I think if they add the pay options then it will be a winner

  4. that sounds like it will be incredibly powerful if it works as advertised

  5. Google, never failing to impress.

  6. I would use it. It is kinda like a reverse image search, but it can search any picture you take. It is a sweet idea.

  7. this would certainly be useful, if I could take a photo of some Asian cuisine and figure out its English name.

  8. Now that would be cool.

  9. Can’t wait to watch the entire show! I am a huge Google fan!

  10. Have a look at this recent Android Developer Challenge winner. It does this for paintings:

  11. Will Google Goggles enable me to take a cell pics of a TV/magazine/newspaper/billboard ad that has a droid coupon & then direct me to the nearest store where the checkout clerk can scan the cell image to redeem my coupon??
    (or maybe when I scan my droid ATM card just scynch dump all my collected coupons? If so, I want stores to set up a DROID ONLY check out line – NO cash & NO checks!)
    [Note to developers: I will only shop in Droid enabled stores!]

  12. Seems like a very cool idea. What’s the leaf? What’s this bug? It just bit me [pic], am I gonna die? Probably will be a good combo with PicSay, where you can crop.

  13. Going to be awesome, i’m sure. I can’t wait to see what pops up when I take photos of random things like a dog’s ear, a naked woman, toe nail clippings, etc.

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