Mar 16 2008
Posted by: Sierra Monica B. in News
The good news is that Recogmission has launched the worldâ€™s first search engine that finds and displays image results based on image-search queries.
It is called www.picollator.com and allows you to upload any picture you like with a personâ€™s face and it searches over the Internet for all matches, without the need for you to type text queries or rename the picture with specific keywords.
Picollator is in the beta testing phase and user an algorithm for looking inside the image itself to analyze and detect specific objects, processing the faces in the picture and comparing them with the ones found in its database.
The bad news is that the search engine is not finalized and canâ€™t display accurate information yet.
I tried to find pictures by uploading faces with Wentworth Miller aka Michael Scofield from Prison Break TV show, a very popular character known worldwide, Aishwarya Rai Indian actress and the most beautiful woman in the world, as well as two pictures with Bill Gates, but it seems that Picollator has never heard about them.
What i noticed in these pictures that the search engine matched well the position of people in pictures.
There is another company trying to develop a image-based search engine on the Eyealike Visual Search platform and this one is working better than Picollator being able to find many pictures representing famous stars or public faces that look similar with the one in the picture you submit as query.
Eyealike works based on facial recognition and is developed for image detection and video copyright surveillance.
It is continuously improved so that in the near future to become the most powerful search engine working with an algorithm able to find not only accurate image results but also videos, and this will be done by breaking the faces into several elements and identifying common features like eyes, nose, and mouth, and after that to gather data about the orientation and shape of the face, the skin tone, and the color and texture of the hair, the most difficult part being the matching of the skin tones.