It is always “nice” to be reminded of how our TinEye fans feel when they spot one of their images used without credit. But what’s even more “fun”, is to see your own image featured in an article about image recognition with hardly a mention of one of the most integrated image recognition APIs in the world.
And forgetting TinEye in your research? A little less forgivable than borrowing our image.
I know what they say: imitation is the highest form of flattery, but what happened to research skills and attribution? We know our image appears as the first result of a Google Image search, but still!
Our office hand model is thrilled to get such wonderful exposure!
- TinEye’s reverse image search engine searches the web using an image and shows you where the image appears online. The search engine results page includes some useful information about your search; including sorting options, a compare feature and the TinEye crawl date.You can start by sorting your results:TinEye’s results page includes links to webpages, on which your search image appears. The compare feature allows you to compare results with the image used to perform the search. This is extremely useful when identifying cropped, resized, skewed or photoshopped images.Search results also include information about our crawl date. The TinEye crawl date is the date the image was found by TinEye’s web-crawlers. If you find two similar images with different crawl dates, this means that our web crawler found and indexed the images separately, on two different dates.For example, this photo was taken on July 21, 2008, but the oldest TinEye match is from October 31 2009.Sometimes, TinEye users are interested in finding out the first time an image has appeared on the web. However our TinEye crawl date is not really a perfect indicator of that, it really only is the date when our crawlers encountered the image on the web. The TinEye crawl date can however be very useful when you are doing image verification and find out that the news or event image you are verifying portrays a news event in 2014 while using a photograph that TinEye has crawled in 2012!Happy searching!
- TinEye color search fans rejoice! One of the most requested feature for our TinEye color search lab is the ability to not only search by color but also refine searches by using tags. And that’s what you are going to be able to do as of now: our new color search lab incorporates tags. You can now search 20 million creative commons images using both colors and tags.You can either start your search by color or a tag. Just remember that you can:
But say, that you have now mastered the art of color searching and would like to find images of flowers which contain both yellow and green? Done!Get your lab coat on and experiment by trying various color combinations for your searches.Click on the image in the grid to enlarge it. You can click on the title and that will take you to the source, on Flickr.How about some more interesting searches?Happy searching! This lab will likely become your new addiction!
- search for images containing up to five different colors
- adjust the percentage of colors you’d like to search for (you can for example, search for images that contain 20% red and 80% white)
- pick an exact color to search for by entering a hexadecimal code
- Here at TinEye, we’re a bunch of DIY believers. All our equipment is designed and built by our stellar techie team and we added a maker space to our office earlier in the year. That’s why we’re excited to be supporting Toronto’s 3rd Maker Faire, taking place at the Toronto Reference Library on November 22-23.Toronto’s Maker Faire this year, will feature innovative tinkerers and makers at the crossroads of technology, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability and more. From card game designers to robot builders, the Faire will be sure to offer a number off jaw-dropping moments!So come on out and join us!Comment below, and tell us what you made lately and you could be one of the lucky TinEye fans to win a VIP ticket to the Maker Faire! You can also grab a FREE ticket today. Tell your friends. You are probably wondering what you may expect to see about the Maker Faire? Well how about:
- 3D-Printed Live Laser Tag game with Battlegrounds, with 3D printed laser guns, Arduino-powered gear live gaming experience.
- The Glowatorium, a dark room with LED-lit pop-up playground and installations that respond to your presence by changing shape and colour.
- Print it with coffee! RIT – Coffee Drip Printer prints with coffee, wine, and ink.
- Twitter Typewriter turns modern technology and social media on its head. You tweet, it types.
- Ever wanted to build a rocket, or launch one? Kids launch rockets with MakerKids and race boats right in the Library!
- Learn to solder with Snowbot, 3D print your heart out and laser cut all the things at Toronto Maker Faire drop-in workshops!
- And more, including workshops on 3D printing, robotics and more.
All the details you need:
Still wondering what this Maker Faire is all about? TVO did a neat round up of the highlights from last year’s Faire, have a look.
- When: Saturday November 22 and Sunday November 23, 2014
- Where: Toronto Reference Libarary
- How: Registration is open now and is FREE.
See you at the Faire!
- We introduced a drag and drop feature for TinEye a little while back but it seems that some of our fans are still not aware of this feature, so here is a quick little tutorial.To use the TinEye drag and drop feature, all you need to do is find the image you’d like to search.Use your mouse to drag your selected image into a tab where the TinEye reverse image search engine is open, then simply drop it. You can drop your search image anywhere on the page to initiate a search.As soon as you drop your search image, TinEye will index it and complete your search displaying any results it finds.Here’s a little video with a live demonstration of TinEye’s drag and drop feature.Happy searching!
Apartment Therapy introduces color search powered by our MulitcolorEngine API! Insert happy excited GIF right here! Thanks to a partnership with Sherwin Williams, Apartment Therapy house tour photos are now searchable by color. Go ahead and give it a try. You can pick up to 5 colors for your searches.
We believe our MulticolorEngine is very likely the best color search engine in the world. But again we are biased :) Let us know if we can make your images searchable by color, or if you have any questions about evaluating or implementing a color search feature, we would be happy to share what we know, no matter what you end up doing. Don’t be shy, get in touch.
Happy searching! And welcome on board Apartment Therapy!
It seems rather likely that if you are searching for an image, that you would want to find the largest version of that image, right?
TinEye has a set of features that allow you to find the largest image in your TinEye results. This can be helpful in finding out additional information about the image you are looking for. For example, let’s say you are trying to find the owner of an image but you have a massive list of results to scan through. By using the “Biggest Image” feature, the highest resolution image jumps right to the top. In most cases the owner of the image has the largest version of that image. Tons of TinEye users have found image owners this way. Yay!
Take a look at how to easily use our “Biggest Image” feature.
First, pick a photo to search. Hi Mona!
Next, go to TinEye.
Now, either upload your Mona Lisa image to TinEye or use your image URL to start your TinEye search. Check out your results!
Click on “Biggest Image” to sort the TinEye search results by image size.
Check out this generated list and how the biggest image jumps to the top of the list like magic.
Here are the details you want to keep your eye open for. In this case the image size is 7854×11498 57.3 MG.
Now you’re set with your searched image in all it’s high res glory. Happy searching!
It’s no secret that we here at TinEye HQ are very fond of les animaux. So what better way to celebrate the Toronto Wildlife Center’s (TWC) 21st anniversary then by throwing a YOU ARE AWESOME party!
It’s Easy. You can do it too.
Support a good cause or organization. We decided on the TWC because they just saved 40 bats and they can take x-rays of dinosaur birds. Check. We’ll, not dinosaur birds but hawks! But we got yOu there didn’t we?
(Incredible x-ray of a red-tailed hawk with an egg inside! She was admitted with wounds after a fight with another hawk, but is expected to make a full recovery. )
Step 2. Invite friends and fellow Awesome animal-loving humans to make, write, send cards.
Step 3. Make make make. since the idea was to make cards, hand write a message and mail, we came up with an ingenious idea: the more you make, the more we donate! For every card written, we donated $5 to the Toronto Wildlife Center.
Step 4. Sugar rush. Cause who doesn’t love candy!
Step 4. Post.
Some cards were headed as far as Taiwan and Australia!
Step 5. Have fun!
Who knew how much fun it could be to send a hand-written card again? Apart from all the love we sent around the world, we were able to make a $1,000 donation to the Toronto Wildlife Center.
And that’s how TinEye does AWESOME!
Doubleplus Chutzpah or when a company in your industry helps itself to your images!
Sometimes what we find when we look at where our TinEye graphics appear on the web (we are an image search company after all!) is not really surprising. Like our corporate logo in the profile of an Elance designer we don’t even know! That’s not news as this type of thing happens everyday on the web. And by the way @elance can you please take care of this? I am pretty sure the designer who claims to have designed the logos/brands for TinEye, SquareSpace and Python is perhaps, maybe, lying? Just a little bit? :)
Or when we see our TinEye robot copied (poorly) and used in a video game.
But imagine our surprise when we saw one of our images appear on the website of a visual search company!
Seriously guys? Did you just Google for “visual search” and used the first image you liked? I am DISAPPOINTED.
A bit of background: when we launched TinEye in beta, our great friend Alistair Morton from Wise and Hammer took his creative skills and doodled a TinEye logo as a design experiment. We all know how the TinEye logo was born – but in its early days, he drank some java and visually searched photos.
This baby TinEye was fun to play with at the time. We have fond memories of all the scribbles and the conversations about the TinEye robot. Should he have an eye or two, legs or wheels? What should he be doing? TinEye today is all grown up but when we come across his young self, well it took us back in time.
So thank you ImageVision, for that little jaunt down memory lane. But hey please be a darling and update your page and stop stealing. Perhaps you could spring for a bit of design work? We could recommend a few good people :). Deal?
And yes, TinEye fans, we know exactly how you feel when you find someone using your image. I am sure we will hear all the classic excuses (our designer did it, we did not know etc etc) but truth be told it was a top search result on Google and kind of pretty :)
The winter has taken hold of our awesome city and for the 3 people in Toronto (including myself) who love the winter, this winter has delivered! But have you seen the wonderful Lovebots all over the city? Are they warming your hearts yet?
We have welcomed our own lovebot in the TinEye HQ and are super excited to find him a spot in front of the TinEye HQ building. That won’t happen until spring though as it is a bit difficult right now to work outside. These wonderful concrete robot with their bright red hearts are telling the wonderful stories of people who helped make Toronto and the world a better place. Basically people who help make the world suck a little less – and you know how much we are proud of doing that in our awesome city!
Matthew Del Degan who is the artist and designer who created the Lovebots with his team has planted the seeds of a Love Invasion which aims to evoke a sense of wonder in the hearts and lives of people around the world, emanating from Lovebot’s home city of Toronto. Matthew and his team have placed over a hundred hand-cast concrete Lovebots throughout the city of Toronto. The Lovebots started as a sticker, perhaps some of you have seen the bright robot stickers all over the city, but now these wonderful concrete robots are gracing awesome locations all over Toronto.
When Matthew and his team visited our TinEye HQ to deliver our Lovebot, he explained that his Love Invasion project was the first project created under The Sandbox Society Inc., that was initiated to encourage Torontonians to reflect on their surroundings and become thankful for the small, good deeds that constantly go unnoticed. His Lovebots are made from customized concrete molds and when completed they are over 200 pounds. We will be placing our Lovebot outside as soon as spring arrives in Toronto, so stay tuned for a follow up post. In the meantime, join us by starting 2014 by spreading love, happiness, compassion and kindness all around you.
Our TinEye Lovebot greats us everyday as we enter the TinEye HQ. He is patiently waiting for the weather to improve so as to get outside.
Love & Peace. And good times.