Category Archives: Search

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Q&A with the founders of Haystack

Calling all photo buyers: Are you sick of having a gazillion tabs on your desktop while toggling through different photo agencies for the stock image you need? Former  Vanity Fair and Travel + Leisure contributing photographer Andrew Rowat and technology developer Vache Asatryan created Haystack— which launched its beta in October– because they believed the previous technology was “like searching for a flight in 1999.” Here’s why they’re banking on what has already been billed as the Google Image search for stock photo agencies. What was…

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10 Questions for a founder : Picalike

We shop with our eyes. Whether buying fruits at the supermarket or a car, looking for a new pair of shoes or a hotel to stay, it is our vision that ultimately makes the final decision. It is no surprise then that visual tech is an emerging force in the retail e-commerce $1.9 trillion worldwide market.  Built on the latest advances of deep learning,  startups are offering ingenious solutions that empower online retailers to dramatically increase their sales. Germany-based Picalike, founder in 2010, is one of them. We…

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10 questions to a founder : Yarn

With an estimated 1.2 trillion photos taken in 2015, it is no wonder that most vanish in the deep grooves of some remote hard drive. And while it takes on a few fractions of a second to capture a photo, it seems to  take an eternity ( along with herculean efforts) to retrieve then. The irony of it all is that, for an instrument that should enhance our memorial faculties, it gives  us a harder time trying to recall if and where we stored that…

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Visual recognition goes mainstream : Clarifai launches the Forevery app

When the 1,000-pound gorilla eats your lunch, you eat his breakfast:  Right on the heel of Google’s opening its visual recognition API for free to anyone, Clarifai launches today a free consumers app that can store and classify photo which could very well give a run for its money to Google’s Photo app. Constructed entirely on the company’s award-winning  deep learning visual recognition engine, the  Forevery app might become the favorite companion of every mobile shutterbug out there. The process is simple. Import your images and…

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Canon, Imaging Mind and EyeEm Team Up to Present Photo Hack Day 2015

Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, Imaging Mind, a futuristic agency and visual culture community and EyeEm, a creative community and marketplace for photography, have partnered to present the fourth annual Photo Hack Day, Berlin on 28 November. The event, a 24-hour coding marathon, brings together the most creative developers, designers and photographers from across Europe and challenges them to prototype new photo applications that revolutionise the way we take, see and interact with images. “InfoTrends reports that 810 billion photos were taken worldwide in 2014.…

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Brand logo monitoring leave marketers hungry for more

Unbeknownst to social media fanatics, they are being watched. With billions of photos shared daily on a variety of social media, a giant opportunity has opened up for brands to stealthily  track how consumers interact with their products or services.  Advances in content recognition has made logo detection within vast sets of images easier and with solutions on the market for the last 8 years as well as brands eager to better understand the consumption of their product, it should be a slam dunk. But…

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The dark world of mobile photography

While the numbers are familiar – 1.8 billion images uploaded daily, over a trillion in a year – what they hide is not. A recent study by Kodak Alaris ( unfortunately only limited to the UK) shows that the vast majority of photos taken are never processed and worse, end up being lost forever. While there are many reasons for this, it is interesting to note that the size of the photo universe is probably 5 times bigger than anyone believes, even if most of…

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Mobile Photo Connect announces cutting edge program

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading annual forum for entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives driving the technologies and businesses behind the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, today announced its full program along with a stellar speaker lineup for its upcoming September 29 conference. The event’s main theme, “Prospering in the emerging ‘Photos at your fingertips’ era,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations: Special Presentations David Vaskevitch David Vaskevitch is a visionary software architect, business innovator, author, former…

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Visual tech and the frictionless web

The fundamental goal of visual tech should be reducing friction on how we interact with the world. Success will be measured on how easily we can pass from one function to the other with minimum active input. A few years ago, while working on the development of a Saas, the everlasting issue of international compliance came up. With hundreds of possible input lines, the necessary elements for customization, the issue was who will translate and how many languages should we support. While English is understood by…

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Study Finds Marketers Are Failing To Leverage Visual Content

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but marketers have not turned a strategic lens on optimizing the return from their visual media content investments. While 65 percent of senior marketing executives believe visual assets are core to how their brand story is communicated, a scant 27 percent have the ability to aggregate, organize and manage these assets across marketing and non-marketing teams—including those outside of the organization. A new study from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council—entitled “From Content to Creativity: The Role…

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