Google Image Swirl
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Google Image Swirl is a new image search provided by Google Inc. A new approach to the vizualization of search results makes this service unique: The images are organized in groups and sub-groups, so-called "swirls", based on their visual and semantic similarity. Such grouping is of use by resolving ambiguous queries visually (like Apple, jaguar, etc.). Moreover, such search explores and provides images from different perspectives and angles. Now such kind of search is provided only for the limited amount of queries (about 200.000).
In September, 2009, a few weeks before Google Image Swirl appeared, Bing has also announced Bing Visual Search Beta. However, for exploring pictures with Bing you need to use Internet Explorer browser and you need to install Silverlight. Thereby, Bing Visual Search is available only in English.
Google Image Swirl is said to leverage computer vision technologies created for Similar Images and Picasa Face Recognition to determine how images should be grouped together. The software also uses visual and textual features in the images to build a hierarchical tree of relationships between the top image results, as a Product Manager Aparna Chennapragada said in the interview to the .
- Google Image Swirl website
- ReadWriteWeb about Google Image Swirl
- Blog entry about Google Image Swirl