View Full Version : Define your search with drawings

01 January 2006, 12:43 PM
The Flickr search engine has a new experimental way to search for images.

Just draw what you are looking for and it looks for an approximation. ( (Just be patient the site is experiencing high traffic)


01 January 2006, 02:01 PM
This would be great for a stock photo site, where you could just paint a color palette out and get pictures that match your needs. Very cool service!

01 January 2006, 03:04 PM
Okay, now that is sick cool! :buttrock:

I love what the web is becoming, I can think of a couple new sites I couldn't live without, especially Blinklist (

01 January 2006, 03:12 PM
Uhm. So how does it work? I'm drawing an umbrealla and this thing spits out images like that one:

01 January 2006, 03:36 PM
I heard a while back they are working on seach engine based off cell-phone cameras.

You snap a pic, send it in, and it'll give you info from the web back on it.

01 January 2006, 08:45 PM
It seams to base a lot more on color than on shape, was your umbrealla black and white?

01 January 2006, 02:00 AM
Yeah, I think the idea is that if you're looking for a certain subject, you can use traditional photo searches - by content. But if you're looking for certain colors and composition, it's a lot easier to use this.

01 January 2006, 02:14 PM
related to what someone said earlyer:

semacode (

and wikipedia telling you what it is

semacode (

01 January 2006, 04:11 PM
Its cool but pretty useless.

01 January 2006, 04:55 PM
I remember back in the good ol days. Everything was text based except for a few scattered images that required a minute or more to load.

01 January 2006, 05:01 PM
and real men used ASCII (

01 January 2006, 05:10 PM
I don't think it works right... I draw crap and it comes back with some cool looking stuff.

01 January 2006, 05:49 PM
It seems to be pretty useless for recognizing shapes. I drew a leaf and got pictures of dogs :)
It works beutifully for recognizing colors though, so finding a picture with a certain color sheme works well.

01 January 2006, 06:05 PM
I seem to recall there was going to be a cad drawing search thingy based on this
type of thing.The use of the simpler line basis would have made it less labour intensive recognition wise/ cpu-wise that is.
I wonder if this thingy needs to learn a little and if the search results will improve over time..hmmm..a little test would be to search later using the same drawing and check the results.
cool stuff.
If drawing a leaf results in a dog image may be possible...just guessing
of course but it may recognize a partial -a dog ear- as leaf shaped.
the reason i say this is that in some of the images results i obtain, on closer inspection there are subsets of the shape i query.
Anyway there are no and/or,not,without,with at least , etc search preferences available so one can weed out any given search result like a Google word search.

01 January 2006, 06:19 PM
I used to think I could draw boobies pretty well. :D

01 January 2006, 06:36 PM
This would be great for a stock photo site, where you could just paint a color palette out and get pictures that match your needs. Very cool service!


It is anything but useless. as it is now it works pretty awesome , obviously you are not supposed to draw realistic figures on it and expect results , you can go type the word on google if it is an object you are searching , its faster then going in and sketching it. This is meant to search by composition and color elements and it matched the elements I drew
pretty accurately and spit out some amazing pictures.

thanks for the link!

01 January 2006, 04:50 AM
I made a face and I got... faces!

This is really nice, I like how this thing works, you can jump from one image to another just by color or composition... :thumbsup:

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