image recognition

  • Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

    Pinterest users can now pinch-to-zoom on photos in the app

    Pinterest is adding a new feature today that allows users to pinch a photo to zoom in and out on various Pins, matching a feature that’s available on a lot of other services. As the company becomes increasingly focused on mobile and discovery centered around photos, users will start expecting the kinds of behaviors that exist on other services to exist on Pinterest. Read More

  • Salesforce AI helps brands track images on social media

    Salesforce AI helps brands track images on social media

    Brands have long been able to search for company mentions on social media, but they’ve lacked the ability to search for pictures of their logos or products in an easy way. That’s where Salesforce’s latest Einstein artificial intelligence feature comes into play. Today the company introduced Einstein Vision for Social Studio, which provides a way for marketers to search… Read More

  • How deep learning allowed computers to see Crunch Network

    How deep learning allowed computers to see

    One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is to make computers more similar to the human brain. We want them to speak, understand and solve problems — and now we want them to see and recognize images. For a long time, our smartest computers were blind. Now, they can see. This is a revolution made possible by deep learning. Read More

  • Google open sources image captioning model in TensorFlow

    Google open sources image captioning model in TensorFlow

    Pretty much 100 percent of my generation is obsessed with Instagram. Unfortunately, I left the platform (sorry all) back in 2015. Simple reason, I am way too indecisive about which photos to post and what pithy caption to give them. Fortunately, with ample spare time, those who share my problem can now use an image captioning model in TensorFlow to caption their photos and put an end to… Read More

  • Etsy buys Blackbird Technologies to bring AI to its search

    Etsy buys Blackbird Technologies to bring AI to its search

    It’s not just gigantic search engines that are looking to acquire tech and talent around emerging areas like speech recognition. Even design and craft marketplaces can use a little machine learning and artificial intelligence to make their wheels turn a little better. Today, the popular handmade-goods site Etsy announced it has acquired a startup called Blackbird Technologies… Read More

  • PepperPay’s robot photographer replaces cashiers

    PepperPay’s robot photographer replaces cashiers

    Machine vision technology will let any smartphone or tablet recognize objects so we don’t have to rely on humans or barcode scanners. TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon project PepperPay brings machine vision to the checkout process. You just hold up the item you want to buy in front of a robot wielding a PepperPay-equipped device that can take a picture of it and instantly recognize what… Read More

  • Google buys French image recognition startup Moodstocks

    Google buys French image recognition startup Moodstocks

    Two weeks after Twitter acquired Magic Pony to advance its machine learning smarts for improving users’ experience of photos and videos on its platform, Google is following suit. Today, the maker of Android and search giant announced that it has acquired Moodstocks, a startup based out of Paris that develops machine-learning based image recognition technology for smartphones whose APIs… Read More

  • Why image recognition is about to transform business Crunch Network

    Why image recognition is about to transform business

    From programs that help the visually impaired and safety features in cars that detect large animals to auto-organizing untagged photo collections and extracting business insights from socially shared pictures, the benefits of image recognition, or computer vision, are only just beginning to make their way into the world — but they’re doing so with increasing frequency and depth. Read More