Google buys firm to boost image recognition capabilities

Google buys firm to boost image recognition capabilities
Google's image recognition software is already pretty impressive and can recognize people, places, animals, and even things like food, cars, trees, etc. However, Google apparently doesn't think its software is good enough because it has just announced the purchase of Moodstocks to get more talented engineers to work on image recognition.

Moodstocks, based in France, is known for its image recognition API for smartphones which can recognize objects extremely quickly straight from your phone's camera (as you can see in the video below). Google will reportedly have the engineers from Moodstocks join its research and development site in Paris. In a statement about the acquisition, Moodstocks wrote: 


Moodstocks said the purchase should be done within a few weeks and it will mean that its current product will be discontinued, but paying customers will be able to continue using it until the end of their subscription. 

There's no word on how much Google paid for the company. 


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4 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Cool.

2. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Will we be able to upload a picture to search other pics on web just like it ? That functionality would help in crime solving.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Isn't that already there ?

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

google's reverse image search is already there, but all it does just search "visually similar" picture (nowhere close to image recognition), which is useless if you try to search picture u took yourself

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