Posted May 9, 2008 4:05 pm by with 8 comments

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I’ve wanted tell you about TinEye for a few days now, but I’ve been swamped this week.

Then I figured out you’d probably prefer to see the demo by Amber Mac anyway.

Don’t want to watch the video. Here’s the elevator pitch:

TinEye uses image identification technology. You give it an image to search for and TinEye shows you where and how that image appears all over the web – even if it has been altered. The technology behind TinEye is Idée’s advanced image identification algorithms that identify images without the use of any meta-data or watermarks. TinEye literally does for images what Google does for text.

I know there are other companies working on similar technology, but hat’s off to TinEye for realizing you need to get the word out, then worry about perfection.

  • Maybe my mind has already gone home for the weekend, but what is the point of searching for an image using an image I already have? If I had the image to start with, I wouldn’t be searching for it. Can someone give me a situation where this would be useful?

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  • @Paul – reputation monitoring, trademark infringement, finding the dress Angelina Jolie wore in People magazine at an online store (maybe not you personally, for the last one). 😉

  • This is pretty sweet. Other than the few things you mentioned above, I can’t think of any other uses but I’m sure several will pop up – thanks for the info.

  • That is increadible.
    I just wonder who will come up with the first way to abuse the technology 😛

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  • Just out of curiosity, am I right in saying that Idee hired Amber MacArthur as a spokeswoman?

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  • @Darren – not sure of the arrangement, I suspect they just hired her for the video demo.

  • There are the same services for people images search.

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  • There are debates all over the web what will be the next step of Search. Search results by keywords become more and more irrelavant because of the constant information growth.
    Information search by uploaded image will certainly occupy its niche, especially when it comes for rights infringement, search for personal information (articles about celebrities, for example) or search for people to date or friends on social networks.
    The same concept of search has already been realized by Recogmission LLC, Picollator search engine works in beta stage . So if you are interested in Search news. You are welcome to try this one.