SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Advanced image recognition technology is reshaping the landscape of information search, a recent report has said.
According to the report released by Digieco on trends in the mobile market, image recognition technology is increasingly being adopted by artificial intelligence services such as Google assistant and Samsung’s Bixby.
In the past, image recognition only provided basic level information regarding the subject, but industry experts say it will soon be made possible for the technology to elicit hidden and more in-depth information.
For instance, Google Goggles, revealed at this year’s Innovation in the Open, the internet giant’s developer conference, can identify images captured by a camera and find related information for users, which means objects that are complex and difficult to describe in words can be searched for quickly in the form of a picture.
Word Lens is another image recognition-based service from Google, a feature of the Google Translate app, which can decode words in pictures and translate them into over 30 different languages.
While other services offer creative and convenient features such as weather forecasts based on pictures of a sky, the industry report argues more and more image recognition based services will be customized and widely used, meaning products themselves will carry information for customers.
A research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has recently developed a new system that provides users with recipes based on pictures of food.
With the advancement of the image recognition technology, it will also be made possible to see 3D cameras measure the volume of food in pictures and calculate calories.
A Taiwanese company has also developed an image recognition-based smart mirror that offers skincare tips after analyzing a user’s skin type, while French construction company Castorama has developed smart wallpapers that can read out fairy tales for children after scanning through cameras.
“Along with audio search, image search will gradually replace text search. Instead of using separate smartphone apps, users will soon be able to receive useful information by scanning objects through their camera,” the report claims.