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Reverse Image Search – TinEye

Posted in photography, web by aldorf on November 24, 2010
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TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.

TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and we also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 1,755,901,479 images from the web.

TinEye developed by Idée Inc., an advanced image recognition and visual search software company. Besides TinEye Idée develops several other image recognition based products and services used by the world’s leading imaging firms:

  • PixID – editorial image monitoring for the news and entertainment photo industry. Clients include Associated Press, Agence France Press, Splash News
  • Piximilar – visual similarity search for large image collections. Clients include Adobe Systems and Masterfile.
  • PixMatch – automated image matching and deduplication service. Clients include eBay, Getty Images, Digg, iStockphoto, M6, SmileTrain, Photoshelter.
  • TinEye API – commercial TinEye searching using image identification. Clients include eBay, iStockphoto, Spreadshirt, ClusterShot

Idée is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Toronto, Canada.


Ecosia – Green Search Engine

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on January 23, 2010

Fight global warming by searching the Internet, what a great idea! The Ecosia search engine is based on technology from Yahoo and Bing, which will provide the search results and sponsored links for the site. But unlike conventional search engines, the company has pledged to donate at least 80 per cent of the income it generates from sponsored links to WWF Rainforest Protection Projects in Brazil’s Amazonas region. “An average internet user can protect about 2,000 square metres of rainforest every year by using Ecosia – this is about the size of an ice hockey field. If only one per cent of global internet users accessed Ecosia for their web searches, we could save a rainforest area as big as Switzerland each year” said a spokesman for WWF.

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