June 30, 2011

Google adds “Search by Image”

Ah–I’d been wondering what that little camera icon in the Google Images search field meant. As the company explains,

You might have an old vacation photo, but forgot the name of that beautiful beach. Typing [guy on a rocky path on a cliff with an island behind him] isn’t exactly specific enough to help find your answer. So when words aren’t as descriptive as the image, you can now search using the image itself.

Or, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke

Posted by John Nack at 2:08 PM on June 30, 2011


  • BJN — 3:33 PM on June 30, 2011

    Pretty much just a web implementation of Google Goggles, which I’ve had on my Droid phone for some time.

  • Joel — 4:10 PM on June 30, 2011

    That sound you hear is TinEye shitting themselves.

  • Alan Gilbertson — 5:47 PM on June 30, 2011

    “Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.” — Me

  • Glyn Dewis — 9:31 PM on June 30, 2011

    Liking this and also seeing how technology is progressing to keep us photographers save from misuse.

    Thanks for the ‘heads up’ again John.

    All the best to you,

  • Phil Brown — 3:53 AM on July 03, 2011

    Magical is right.

  • chris parker — 7:45 AM on July 19, 2011

    Thanks for the heads up! Definatley liking this.

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