Many times in a day you look at an object and wonder it is. We have Google for searching the meaning of any word we don’t understand but what about real objects? Tangible, physical, objects that you can touch and feel?
Well, like for almost everything else, there’s an app for that now.
Pinterest, a media sharing platform, has released a new visual search tool called “Lens”. Lens uses machine vision, an imaging-based automatic inspection and analysis technology, to detect and suggest the name for an object. It relies on the company’s own visual search technology that was introduced in 2015.
Pinterest Lens, currently available for beta testing, resides right inside Pinterest’s mobile app. Just open it up and point your camera towards any object you want the name of and it’ll try to suggest what it is. And it’d also try to name the brand of that thing, like if a handbag is of Gucci or some other company.
This tool by Pinterest may not be perfect, but the fact that our smartphones can be made capable of carrying out a task like this with such ease goes to show what the future of computing will be like.