January 17, 2006

retrievr - search by sketching

retrievr is a rather interface to flickr which searches the online photo system using your scribbling as a reference. Colour and shapes form a refreshing break from keyword tags.

My tests didn't immediately spring back with relevent responses. It was more like the first round of playing Pictionary with strangers but the idea is brilliant and you can see how this could be refined over to time to be highly accurage. I read about something similar for furniture a few years ago via the SIGGRAPH conference and was struck by how useful this process is for a more uniform collection of images (e.g. tables and chairs).

Posted by .M. at January 17, 2006 06:36 AM | TrackBack
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