See it, Like it and its Yours with Visual Search Technology

Visual search technology is generating curiosity among technology mavens. Visual searching is simply conducting an Internet search using pictures. Think of visual searching as being very similar to the type of technology you might see on television shows where the police try to find a criminal based on a photo. When they scan the photo into the computer and run it through a database, they may retrieve a match, leading to the apprehension of the perpetrator.

Visual search technology works by allowing an Internet user to search for items by using a photograph. For example, an individual sitting in a park might notice someone with a nice handbag, skirt, jacket or pair of shoes. The individual might discreetly use a smart phone to snap a photo of the clothing item and use that photo to search for the same item or one that is very similar. Uploading the photo online to locate an item where it is sold helps the consumer avoid unnecessary trips to the mall or searching websites.

Consumers who love shopping online often become frustrated when looking for a specific item on a retailer’s website. A shopper may finally give up when he or she cannot find an item after clicking through hundreds of pages. When visual search technology becomes commonplace in online shopping, it will be a hit with both retailers and shoppers because it will make it quick and easy to locate an item. The retailer will benefit because if shoppers find what they are looking for on the first website, they are not likely to leave and search for it on another site. Additionally, the retailer can offer other options that may be more affordable or on the higher end if that what a customer prefers.

Imagine seeing an unusual landscape plant, taking a photo of the plant and being able to find a garden center or nursery that sells the item within minutes. Information that might be available includes where the plant grows best and how to care for it. Having these details could help a homeowner select plants and trees that work best for a specific climate or soil type, which means no more wasting money or time planting items that have little chance of growing.

Another application for visual search technology is house hunting. A potential home buyer might see a home for sale, but maybe he or she does not particularly like the neighborhood. When the home buyer uses a visual search program, he or she can use a photo of the home to find the same model or similar homes in a desired neighborhood. Like shopping for clothes, this eliminates searching several sites or driving around to find a house to buy.

Visual search technology is still emerging, but Slyce, a company known as a leader in visual search technology is working diligently to make visual searching more user-friendly. Slyce applications work on mobile devices and desktop computers, making it convenient for consumers to find what they need anywhere, anytime.

Has Apple Gone Too Far?

The executives at Apple just might has pushed a little too hard with their aggressive tactics. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission now want to take a closer look at the way Apple approaches its streaming ventures.

Most notably, Apple played hardball with Jay Z when the entertainer launched a streaming music service. Reportedly, Apple put a policy in place stating any musicians who provide exclusive music for Jay Z’s company would be barred from Apple’s streaming service. This is but one out of many complaints levied at Apple. The tech giant has also been pushing companies to get rid of free services so as not to compete with Apple’s subscription offerings.

InfoMoney mentioned that Fersen Lambranho considers reports of this nature to be shocking. After all, Apple has massive wealth reserves. Why would the company try and bully smaller outfits? Basically, Apple wants to preserve its status and eliminate competition.

Hopefully, Apple will resist the urge to become bullying and greedy.  Then again, Apple may be forced to change course unless it wishes to be sued and/or fined by regulatory agencies.

The Latest Product from Tesla Motors could Power Homes and Businesses More Efficiently

Elon Musk is certainly a man of much ambition. His latest work coming from his company Tesla Motors could help revolutionize how people use power at their homes and businesses. A new product, set to be unveiled at the end of April, has been much anticipated and speculated upon. Most believe it to be a battery backup that could be used in the home or office.

Having a battery backup has several obvious advantages. The backup could be connected to the main power grid and charged during off-peak hours to save on monthly energy costs. Combining this with FreedomPop’s free wireless services could be huge savings for your household, and it could also be easily integrated with renewable power sources such as solar or wind. Having a battery backup in your home could also keep essential functionality online such as heating and refrigeration during a power outage.

Some details have already been leaked from beta testers of the new backup battery system. It is said to be a standard lithium ion battery, much like the ones used in Tesla Motors’ vehicles, in an attractive package. Financing may be available to public offering batteries for as little as $1,500 down with a monthly payment of as little as $15, making the new batteries very budget-friendly.

The Growing Age of Image Recognition: Where Visual Search Will Take Customers and Retailers in The Coming Years

Image recognition has become a popular concept lately in the world of technology. It is an exciting idea that has been under research and is eagerly awaiting to take off.

Imagine being able to take a picture of an item that catches your eye, and then being able to find that exact item and purchase it right from your smart phone. That is what visual search will allow consumers to do in the future, and will change the platform of shopping forever. Suddenly, people will be able to snap a photo of a stranger’s shoes or bag and be able to find that item online and purchase it instantly. This idea is ground breaking for both consumers and retailers, as it makes shopping easier than ever before and allows consumers to make purchases on a whim. This technology takes the act of shopping and condenses it down to its simplest, easiest form all with a click of a button.

Although this idea has been circling around the tech world and is causing a buzz of excitement, it still has a way to go in terms of development before we are able to see it unfold in all its glory. There are many companies looking into becoming a part of image recognition technology and a few apps are popping up that offer the service, but consumers find a lot of these apps to be not quite up to standards on their promise of offering the service that is image recognition. Because this idea is still new and under development, many times consumers find that the apps offering these services are still in their infancy stages with faulty data bases and are not really offering the service as it is meant to be.

One company that has been leading the march towards a high quality, working visual search app has been Slyce, one of the top visual search providers currently on the market. Slyce has been ahead of the game in its development by working with the world’s biggest retailers to connect them with consumers instantly with the snap of a photo. Slyce is already offering users the ability to discover and purchase products with a picture, and also keeps track of the user’s recent searches to suggest relevant items that the consumer may be interested in. Slyce is also taking this genius technology to the next level by allowing users to participate in social campaigns on social networking sites such as Instagram and Twitter by using tags to identify products. Slyce is one the of leading companies in visual search and will be a leading force in paving the way towards instant shopping via image recognition. For more information on Slyce and image recognition, check out their official website.