Shutterstock Releases Reverse Image Search on iOS
OREANDA-NEWS. Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of imagery and music, today released its search and discovery features -- which were first introduced for desktop use in March -- for mobile use. Reverse Image Search for mobile invites users to capture the world around them on their mobile phones, and then to upload them via the Shutterstock app to search Shutterstock's collection of over 80 million images for similar content and style.
This is the latest Shutterstock innovation made to enable next-generation search and discovery experiences by expanding beyond keywords. Earlier this year, Shutterstock announced it had applied machine-learning techniques to teach its computers to master its collection of high-quality imagery.
"When we unveiled Reverse Image Search this past spring, we knew that it was a perfect fit for our mobile application -- it's arguably one of the best use cases for computer vision technology in general," said Shutterstock CEO and founder Jon Oringer. "It's so easy to take a picture and everyone stores hundreds or thousands of them on their phones. Now you can use those photos to help you search for and find better-quality, more suitable images for your professional needs."
Computer vision is the ability for a computer to break an image down into its primary characteristics, both visually and conceptually that can be represented numerically. The technology relies on pixel data within images - rather than metadata collected through keywords and tagging - to help identify and surface relevant content.