Adobe Pixel Nuggets Liberate Libraries

Stephen Yagielowicz

From Facebook to fan sites, image recognition is becoming a valuable tool for a wide range of users, with many future benefits to come.

One intriguing online adult application for image recognition would be to allow a website’s users to upload a photo or screen grab of a favorite (but “unknown” to the user) performer or scene — which could then be automatically identified; with links to the full video, official sites, galleries, etc. as part of the search results.

New image recognition technology is pointing the way to advanced visual search services and easier photo database management tools.

Closer to home, image recognition is helping to organize our digital media libraries.

Whether you are a professional photographer or casual shutterbug, a web designer or marketer, it doesn’t take too long before you amass a cumbersome collection of images, which without careful cataloging, may be lost. Even without such disastrous negligence, large photo collections can make finding the right image difficult and time consuming.

This archiving ability is just one application of image recognition software, such as the “Pixel Nuggets” technology recently debuted by Adobe, which allows users to search image libraries for photos containing specific features, such as a landmark or logo.

Although consumers have had visual search technology available to them before, Adobe’s solution allows anything to be searched for: all photos with a specific model, all graphics for a specific client, any image showing a pizza box — whatever you can define visually can be searched for visually — a process akin to a powerful desktop version of Google Image Search.

Adobe offers an online video preview of the technology that showcases some of its more interesting features: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/max-2011-sneak-peeks/max-2011-sneakpeek-pixel-nuggets/.

While image recognition and search technology is not new, it is becoming much more refined and readily available to consumers. Whatever the eventual uses, Adobe’s tools will likely be involved at some point in the process, with Pixel Nuggets leading the way.

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