Google Applies for Photo-based Landmark Identification Technology


Google has applied for a very interesting patent. This one allows a user to find their location by taking a photo of a landmark. After taking the photo, it’ll be shipped off to Google’s servers where they’ll attempt to match your photo with one in their database. If a match is found, Google will deliver the user’s location back to the phone. It’s quite interesting, but it seems rather impractical. Sure, it might be useful for situations where your GPS can’t seem to get an accurate lock, but I assume this would need a data connection and Google Maps has been quite accurate at finding my position based on my cellular connection. I suppose even that isn’t terribly accurate sometimes so there may still be value here. Of course, a patent is just a patent and there’s no guarantee will ever implement something like this. Hell, there’s no guarantee that they’ll get awarded the patent, but if some of the silly things Apple’s been able to patent are anything to go by, I’m sure Google won’t have a problem. Unless… [Engadget]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Yeah, well, or Google could just use the location info encoded with each digital picture. That would work. 

  2. Probably to protect Google goggles from being copied like apple is planning if the rumors are true.

  3. Actually, this idea was in the news recently. Seems they think this is the future of navigation. I think it was nicknamed rat or mouse positioning. Funny part is, I’m not making any of it up.

  4. Why would I need a search to reveal that I’m at the Golden Gate Bridge if I take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge?

    1. lol u realy dont, but just think of the possiblities, you can go to a store put on the glasses and see all the info on the item and compare it to other items in seconds or even buying a car and google sky map with those goggles would look awesome.

  5. This situation was on the show Castle a week or so ago.. Had a photo with mountains in the background and used it to find an area (that case China).. obviously if you know where you are, or have GPS (before the coming EMP blast from the sun kills it) then it is not that useful.. If you have a photo of some place you don’t know or remember where it was, then maybe helpful.

  6. Isn’t this already available in Goggles?

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