Intel has developed a technology that allows users to find digital photos based on image characteristics.
The company gave a first public demonstration of its Personal Image Retrieval application at the Research at Intel Day where the chipmaker showed off projects from its research division at its corporate headquarters.
Users are finding it harder to retrieve specific pictures as digital collections grow, according to Igor Kozintsev, an Intel researcher working on the project.
Current-generation photo browsers sort pictures in folders or rely on text that users add to their pictures, but do not use the actual image.
"We are trying to bridge the gap between text-based search and perception," Kozintsev told vnunet.com.
The research project lets users find images by looking for pictures with similar properties, and allows them to further refine the search by blacklisting pictures that do not qualify.
A query for pictures taken at a skiing holiday, for instance, will also retrieve Christmas photos because both may have trees in them.
Users will be able to save common searches, some of which are likely to ship bundled with the application.
Indexing a database of 14,000 images takes about three days of processing, Kozintsev warned, but this task could be performed during idle computer time.
The Intel study is only a research project for now and Kozintsev was unable to say whether the company had any plans to turn it into a product.
- A video demonstration of the Intel Personal Image Retrieval technology is available on the Silicon Valley Sleuth blog.
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