Category Archives: e-commerce

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LDV Vision Summit 2019: 10 Questions to a founder : Forma Technologies

The LDV Vision Summit, with its mixture of passionate visual tech entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, professors, journalists, and investors is right around the corner (May22-23). As a sneak peek and respecting our now well-established tradition, we touched base with some of the scheduled speakers. The biggest challenge for online clothing retailers is not letting customers try before they buy. Not anymore, if Forma Technologies has its say… Benjamin Chiang, CEO, and co-founder agreed to sit down and tell us more about his company: – A little about you,…

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Visenze : Visual search 4 years later

In 2015, we interviewed the CEO of then little known visual search company Visenze. Four years later, after raising $20 million in a series C and announcing a deal with Samsung, we caught with Oliver Tan to see how things have changed for his company, the technology involved, the marketplace and more Last time we talked, in 2015, ViSenze was just starting. Four years later and you are now on your Series C, with about 80 employees worldwide. How would you describe the last four…

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What to expect in 2019 (and beyond)

As the year comes to a close, it is an excellent time to review the emerging visual tech trends ( and failures) and predict those that will have a significant impact in 2019 and beyond.  Without further notice and in no particular order, here they are: Eyes in your house : There is a race, right now, to get cameras in your homes.  Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant voice search are getting eyes, to serve you better. As they insert more deeply into our lives, they…

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LDV Vision Summit 17 : 10 questions to a visual search expert at Pinterest

[It’s Spring and the LDV Vision Summit is coming back. Like every year since its inception, we are proud to feature some of the prestigious speakers and judges who will take the stage during the two-day event. Here is the first of the series] With appetite for visual content showing no signs of taming down and users wanting to do more than just look at pictures, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat,  and others have been in a close race to outbid each other with new…

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5 trends to look for in 2017

With the new year comes the predictions. However, this year, instead of trying to predict what will happen, we prefer to take aim at what we see will be the top major trends in the visual space. We limited ourselves at five in an effort to be succinct and we picked those that will affect people more broadly.  In no particular order, here they are: Images as a source of comprehension We can now comfortably have computers tell us what is depicted in photos or videos. From…

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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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The next big thing : Interactive VR

Considering the anticipation, VR has a lot to live up to. And with companies like Samsung or Facebook leading the charge, it is poised to enter people’s lives with big fracas. But, however cool the technology appears to be, it has yet to convince that it can take a predominate space outside of the gaming word. One major issue is the lack of interaction: beyond scrolling around in space, left right, up and down, users are left being  passive viewers of what can often be…

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What Google’s new open source TensorFlow and Cloud Vision API mean for photo app developers

When discussing this year’s Mobile Photo Connect “Prospering in the emerging Photos at your Fingertips” theme, several photo app developers commented along the lines of “Wouldn’t it be nice if… companies such as Google or Facebook would share their machine learning and image recognition technologies with all of us?” Few expected this was likely to ever happen, let alone within weeks after the conference. On November 9 Google announced its open source TensorFlow machine-learning framework, followed three weeks later by its Cloud Vision image recognition…

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10 Questions for a founder : Kite

On could think of Kite as the Stripe of the photo printing world. With just the addition of an SDK or API, it adds full printing and delivery capabilities to any photo app. For free. With photo printing on the rise- a recent study shows that the numbers of users ordering photo products from apps has doubled since 2013- Kite offers an appealing rapid development solution that can quickly put an app on the path of profitability. In fact, it is hard to understand why…

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Can visual tech save advertising ?

It’s been a devastating couple of weeks for on-line advertising: First Apple threw oil on the ad blocking  fire by releasing iOS9 with advertising blocking features. Then, it was just revealed that over half ( 55.5%) of all online advertising spending is shared between Facebook, Google, Twitter and Linkedin. And finally, a recent report by the IAB ( Internet Advertising Bureau) revealed that a banner has to be served  1250 times  before someone  clicks on it. A devastating blow. It doesn’t come as a surprise:…

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