web-based Visual Search

Business model: how to leverage the technology to make profit?

1. The marriage of high-tech search engine with online shopping

like.com predefines many search categories (e.g., clothing / outwear / swimshop / sleepwear / maternity, and subcategories under each category), having been bought by Google. -.-!! it seems Google Offers is copying from GroupOn!!  Another one: Google catalogs

The overall evaluation of like.com by visionWang is as follows:

  • Search functionality: 
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2. B2B (Business-to-Business)

FashionLatte is a clothes search engine based on images, which allows users to search dresses by color, pattern and cut using visual information. It can also match dresses to both shoes and handbags to create outfits.

The Co-Founders are three brilliant Ph.D. candidates from Computer Vision and Robotics Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, i.e., Sanketh, Bernard, and Esther (that is how the company name SanBernest Inc. comes from).

FashionLatte team won the first place in the annual Innovation Teams Business Plan Competition sponsored by the UI’s Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Their current business mode is on B2B (Business-to-Business) licensing with online apparel catalogs, and developing a browser plug-in to earn click-through revenue, according to a recent report.

3. GazoPa

GazoPa is owned by Hitachi, Japan. Users can search similar images on the web based on image color, shape or faces. It focus on the general thing, rather finding the same colthes.

  • image-search-by-image
  • keywords
  • drawing interface

The overall evaluation of GazoPa by visionWang is as follows:

  • Search functionality: 
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  • Database completeness: 
  • Technologies:
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4.  idee from TinEye

 

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