Category Archives: computer vision

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Embedding Images: The Promise of Proliferation, The Tension of Control

             The practice of allowing visual media to be embedded on an external site by an anonymous user has seen widespread adoption (thanks, YouTube), so that any site in the business of publishing content uses it. By allowing readers to share the video/photo itself, and not a page link, it incentives use and reuse by offering bespoke contextualization of the object. Moreover, it gives the source publisher the ability to generate outbound links and traffic data in a more meaningful…

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10 questions for a founder : Clarifai

During last Spring’s LDV Visual Summit, there was a company whose name came up   over and over during panels and side conversations: Clarifai. Still navigating under the radar, it has managed to quickly gain major recognition and recommendations from its peers in what is probably the hottest segment of photo tech : computer vision.   Whoever cracks the last mile code to making computer recognize and understand the content of images will dominate the internet for the next decade, if not more. Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft,…

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10 questions for a founder : Olapic

Not many companies are able to successfully monetize the visual web yet. Many ideas, but not many cash flow positive results. With its Visual Commerce, Olapic is part of those few that have seen their growth match the excitement around photography, especially in the e-commerce space.  We caught up with co-founder and ceo Pau Sabria to find out what has made them successfully ride the wave of social media photography. How was Olapic created and what issue are you trying to solve?  The idea for…

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New trend alert : The Brand photo app

A new trend is starting the emerge in the photo tech space : brand photo apps. In an effort to capitalize on the photography craze infecting all smartphone users, more and more brands are creating their own photo app. Having a strong visual presence on hip photo platforms like Instagram, Pinterest or even Facebook and Twitter is a must for brands who want cheap yet effective marketing. However, those platforms offer a variety of challenges for them: Cost : What was once free – posting…

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A brand’s guide to the photo tech

The visual web is here. People discover, share  and buy based on what they see online. Photo are fast becoming the number one way people connect with brands. An evolution smart companies like Nike and Red Bull have fast understood, pouring millions into photography. But thanks to a variety of photo tech start-up, it is now easy and affordable for smaller brands to take full advantage of the visual web. We have compile a short introductory list for those who would like to get their…

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Can Google + Photo become the Instagram killer ?

:O By announcing the separation of Google photo from the Google plus social media platform, the  giant search  company has clearly announced  its intention to intensify the battle for domination of the online photo space. And for a good reason: Photos are the number one activity on smart phones, second on Twitter and obviously the only one on Instagram. It is also the number one group social interaction on all social media. Finally it offers huge potential in revenue generation as engagements are notoriously very high.…

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is Flickr serious ?

Flickr’s recent announcement that it will offer licensing tools to its user base should come as no surprise to the readers to Kaptur. We predicted such a move a while back. At a time when more and more photo tech companies are putting their content for licensing,  from 500px to EyeEm , Flickr, the grandfather of them all, had to react.  However, having a large pool of images ( over 6 billion images) is not enough to break-in the photo licensing world . To be successful,…

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Questions to a founder : Impala

There is no end in how many photos we produce. In fact, all the projections show that we have only just started and that the 880 billion photos we will take in 2014 are nothing compare to what is to come. But who organises all these images? Enter Euvision Technologies , from the University of Amsterdam, who promises to let you continue shooting carelessly while it takes care of automatically classifying your precious moments. Or any moment. In fact, it can classify any image you submit into…

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Will it beat Instagram ?

We receive a lot of notifications of new photo apps here as well as we scout the internet for news of start-ups with a photographic touch to them. Every time, after testing it, we ask the same question: is it good enough to make people leave Instagram and use this instead?”. The answer is usually no. Why do we use Instagram as a benchmark? For multiple reasons. It is primarily a photo app, it offers editing tools ( filters), storage and has a strong sharing…

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Curation is not what is used to be

The next big frontier for anyone involved with photography online is content curation.  The value of a company dealing with photography is not in its ability to attract a large amount of content – that is the easy part-  but rather in its ability to create value to the content by carefully and appropriately curating it. The first phase of photography content valuation was to amass as many assets as possible. Companies success rate was measured in how quickly and reliably they could accumulate  a vast amount…

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