[Taxacom] (almost) a christmas gift: googles

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Mon Dec 14 07:40:44 CST 2009

The new service, called Goggles, is a picture search which uses images
rather than words to trawl the web . By taking a picture of an object and
clicking "search", owners of smartphones can recognise landmarks, identify a
species of plant or animal, or obtain tasting notes for a bottle of wine.


Google has said it has the technology to recognise faces as well as millions
of other objects


If Goggles proves successful, it would mark a breakthrough in the use of the
mobile internet. It has a database of more than 1 billion images and can
recognise landmarks, CD covers, logos, barcodes, books, shop fronts and
business cards. It is less good at identifying the natural world, but that
is expected to improve with time. It is available on phones run by Google's
mobile-operating system Android, and later introduced to other smartphones


Soon no taxonomists needed. just to make an initial correctly identified 3D
shot as baseline data.






Dr. Donat Agosti



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