AR feature "Parts Finder" added to Amazon's iOS app; will identify nuts, screws, bolts and washers

AR feature
Amazon's app for the Apple iPhone has added an new AR based feature called "Part Finder" that helps you find particular parts that you might want to order directly from the app. Opening the app and tapping on the camera next to the search bar will bring up a menu; select Part Finder, which can be spotted quickly by looking for the image of a screw that serves as the feature's icon.

To capture the image correctly, you must have the part you need to order, a penny and a white piece of paper. The penny is placed on the paper with the part lying on its side on top of the penny. This is used to gauge the size of the part you're looking for. You will have to manipulate your phone until the image is centered on the display. In a way, it is like trying to automatically snap both sides of a check you're depositing through your bank's mobile app; you have to move your phone around until the image is accepted and the camera clicks.

Right now, the feature will help you find the right screw, nut, bolt and washer, although Amazon plans on expanding it to cover other parts. If you're an Android user, hopefully you don't have a screw loose. The Part Finder is found only on the iOS app for now.

source: TheVerge



1. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

I'm waiting for Google Lens to get this level of recognition. You take a pic of you mouse, and it tells you that it's a mouse, perhaps picking up some text that says "Logitech". Thanks for telling me the bleedin' obvious. What model is it? ... This Amazon app sounds like too much work.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I seriously doubt this has the capability to measure (accurately) thread and pitch.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

If we are to have any faith in facial recognition, maybe they actually can get pitch and thread (imperial/metric).

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Amazon will need to come up with a Canadian version of this as we ditched the penny a couple years ago - smallest coin in our purse is a nickel (5ยข) (cash purchases here are rounded up / down to the nearest .05)

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is a step forward for all, mostly younger folk but good for all.

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