Earlier at the moment, on-line buying platform eBay introduced its plans to launch two new pc imaginative and prescient options: Discover it on eBay and Picture Search. In the identical approach Shazam created a helpful new technique to determine music simply by listening to it, eBay has created these options so clients will be capable of store for gadgets they see. The thought for the options received the competitors at eBay’s 2015 hack week, an annual company-wide innovation problem. The workforce of researchers and engineers engaged on the challenge has grown significantly since.
Discover it on eBay is a social media search, permitting customers to share photographs from different apps onto eBay’s to seek for them, whereas picture search lets customers search with their cellphone’s digital camera.
“Moments of buying inspiration can come at any time, whether or not you’re strolling down the road or searching your social media feed,” stated Mohan Patt, an eBay vice-president, on the corporate’s information web page.
The corporate is the most recent to carry its pc imaginative and prescient know-how into the mainstream. Amazon’s Rekognition can search, determine and manage photographs, as can Google’s Imaginative and prescient API and IBM’s well-known Watson AI. Pinterest additionally launched its pc imaginative and prescient product, Lens, this yr, with each identifies gadgets and surfaces associated concepts.
In an try to check the accuracy of pc imaginative and prescient packages, MartechToday’s Tim Peterson examined Pinterest’s Lens characteristic, in addition to pc imaginative and prescient packages from Google, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft, which must be a function a great predictor for the diploma of accuracy we should always come to anticipate from eBay’s new software program.
All in all, Peterson rated the packages’ talents throughout the board as “fairly good.”
“All 5 corporations acknowledged that footwear have been footwear, a shirt was a shirt, a costume was a costume, a desk was a desk, a bag was a bag and a sofa was a sofa (or a settee). And a few have been capable of get much more particular. Pinterest used its metadata from folks’s pins to determine sneaker was extra particularly a Vans sneaker. And each IBM and Pinterest picked up on the truth that the sofa was a sectional,” Peterson discovered.
“When it got here to the photographs I took of my footwear on the ground, Microsoft paid extra consideration to the ground than the footwear,” Peterson wrote.
The brand new options from eBay are nonetheless in beta. They may change into obtainable this fall, with digital camera search supported on each Android and iOS and social media search supported on Android at launch.
So don’t ditch the keyboard simply but.