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Nokia planning "visual search engine" for phones

updated 11:10 am EDT, Fri March 30, 2007

Nokia visual search engine

Through a recent application to the US Patent Office, Nokia has revealed plans for an unusual search engine on its phones. Much as a number of phones can recognize songs being played, Nokia's "visual search engine" should be able to pick apart photos, using data such as shape, color and texture strength to detect objects such as cars, faces and trees. These then generate keywords, allowing people to quickly sort through large groups of images. Users should even be able to submit sample photos, which the engine will try to match. In any case the technology is unlikely to be utilized soon, as it is some time away from being approved. [via Unwired View]



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