Microsoft’s Camera Phone Search Project and Other Camera Phone Search Tech
from ResourceShelf covers a new Microsoft Research project allowing you to take
pictures of things in order to get search results back about it.
Snap something with your camera phone, then that goes into an image search
database, which identifies the object or type of object in order to run other
types of searches about it. Or that’s the idea. You can’t try it yet, and
Microsoft isn’t even certain what they may do with it.
How about searching by taking pictures of bar codes? Completely different
idea than this project, but thanks for asking! The ResourceShelf post gives you
resources on the whole Amazon bar code searching in Japan thing, for the
curious. And Frucall,
yesterday by Brian, deals with bar code searching as well. The downside is
you have to key in the numbers.