We live in a time when cars drive themselves. We carry around tiny computers that can record videos, play movies, and access the internet. It really is starting to feel like we live in a science fiction world.
The next step in the avalanche of new technology is the process of image recognition. Image recognition allows you to take a picture of something or someone and then learn everything there is to know about the subject.
Image recognition is mainly being applied to online shopping. Instead of going to shoes.com and browsing hundreds of different shoes and boots, now you can go to the site and build a boot of your own imagining through the swiping of similar base images and quickly come upon the boot of your imagination made real. This process has been tested on Shoes.com and has been a complete success.
With image recognition, you could take a picture of a handbag someone has across the street that you like. Then you can use image recognition software to find that bag online to buy one for yourself.
One of the more creepy applications of the software would be to take a picture of someone and then use that image to search for them on the internet. You could potentially find their facebook, twitter account, pinterest page and even any online mugshots. You could know a lot about a person that you passed by on a street without ever talking to them or anyone they know.
There was one site called Like.com that tried to utilize the technology years ago, but it was not a success. Now a new process has been developed that makes image recognition more accurate. It is called deep learning, and it gives a computer the ability to intuitively understand what the user actually wants and tailor the image results to meet their desire.
One of the companies at the forefront of developing this technology is Slyce. Slyce has created a universal scanner which allow a user to scan not only images, but barcodes, coupons or QR codes and instantly get information on that item, place or person.
With the universal scanner, a user can search products off an image, add items to a wish-list, and redeem coupons right there in the device. Slyce is based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and works with a host of Fortune 1000 companies.