- Shepard Obama!
From Rene Wanner: In 1989, Shepard Fairey (b. 1970) began to paste stickers all over town with a face and the mysterious message “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” or “Obey Giant” . Since then, his palette, geographic range and activities have increased enormously, and when he offered to support Barack Obama’s campaign with some posters in January 2008, he readily got permission from Obama to do so. Within a day, he had finished a design, one with the text “PROGRESS”, and another with “HOPE”.
- Stunning Multicolr search from the good folks at idée
Thank you. Thank you. Now back to work!
- Multicolr lab
Yesterday was October 23 and that was Smurf anniversary! And I missed it. I had all the intentions in the world of doing blue searches on the Multicolr lab but you know bizness got in the way! If you are not familiar with the Smurfs, hurry up and read up (thank you wikipedia). For me, growing up, the Smurfs were Les Schtroumpfs.
Their stories were bold adventures and they made Spirou my favourite magazine! Now in honour of Peyo and his Schtroumpfs, I gave you blue multicolr searches! If you want to try these yourself head over to the Multicolr lab and have fun. Happy belated Schroumpf day!
- TinEye Mobile
TinEye Mobile is now available for download on the iphone App store! We submitted TinEye Mobile to Apple a few days after our beta testing (thanks folks for helping us beta test) and got our application approval late last week. We have been so busy that we almost forgot to tell you all!
If you are not familiar with TinEye Mobile here is a little video. Basically TinEye Mobile allows you to search for music using a mobile phone camera: snap a photo and get information about the music CD or track you are interested in. It is that simple.
In this first release we don’t just get results back from itunes, but we also get you any information about the CD or track you are searching from YouTube, allmusic and wikipedia. So happy music searching. We would of course love your feedback and requests. But before you can do that, you will need to go download the App!
- TinEye: the ‘go to’ search engine for images
TinEye fan Jeff left us a quick note to let us know that he spied TinEye in action over on Digg. The post in question – Awesome Spaghetti Junction, what city is this? – included the image below and the simple question:
What city is this?
How can you find out more about an image such as this one when the image is all you have? Simple. Use TinEye.com. TinEye is the only search engine able to find your exact image in over a billion images crawled from the web.
Digg user ka9dgx used TinEye to find the image in a National Geographic Traveler story about Bangkok, Thailand. TinEye also located the original image titled “The Veins of Bangkok” on Flickr, just one of the 26 different instances of this image found on the web.
And who took this shot? Trey Ratcliff, a part-time photographer that I first learned about back in August when I wrote this post about Copyright and Creative Commons. You can see more of Trey’s amazing images by visiting his blog Stuck in Customs.
Click the image below to try the TinEye search yourself and discovery where else Trey’s image has travelled online. Still need to get your TinEye account? Grab one here.
Image: Trey Ratcliff
- To pose, perchance to sleeveface…
To // Sleeveface // : one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion.
Here’s the official “How to Sleeveface” video:
As we told our friends at the iParty, the best of the sleeveface snapshots will win a prize. Jen Dodd clearly pulled off a winning sleeveface with her Nina Hagen look below, so she’s queued up for a prize for sure.
Who else do you think deserves a little something for their sleevefacing efforts? Leave us your comments with your top two picks from the photos below and we’ll tally up the votes and award two more prizes.
Okay, so those are our contestants for the prizes. But wait! I have a few more snaps for you – here are the idéalists avoiding work on a Friday afternoon by sleevefacing:
Happy sleevefacing friends! If you try it out remember to post a link to your photos in the comments, we’d love to see them.
- TinEye Cool Searches: Redux
With an updated index and some behind-the-scenes tweaks, TinEye is now better than ever at finding your images in our index of over a billion images. And we just updated our TinEye Cool Searches, showcasing a new crowd of fun and interesting searches for you to explore.
And from the vault of thousands of submitted searches from TinEye fans like you, here are some more Cool Searches that highlight TinEye’s unique ability to locate your images online…
The YSL t-shirt search returns several product shots:
A search for this Obama t-shirt returned this interesting combination of images. As you can see, TinEye can still find the original image even when it has been skewed:
This dog just might be the busiest dog on the web. He is the Everywhere Girl of the animal kingdom! TinEye found him sharing the Tao of Happiness, cheering on Sox fans, talking about his food allergies and more. He also popped up in support of Barack Obama and John McCain, he’s even keen on the fictitious Stewart – Colbert ’08 election ticket. He is one confounded political pup. Check out his over 100 results from TinEye:
And lastly, one of our earlier test images was J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!“, commonly referred to as Rosie the Riveter. With the updated index TinEye returns over 700 results for this American cultural icon including a snapshot of an original “We Can Do It!” wall thermometer and some rather amusing photoshop edits:
Discovered your own TinEye cool search? Remember, you can submit them to us for review and inclusion to our Cool Searches page by clicking the “Recommend as a Cool Search” link on your TinEye results page.
- They came, they saw, they installed TinEye Music…
Last night we hosted a little event here at the idéeplex to share the latest toy we are working on. We were lucky to have a great group of folks from the Toronto tech community join us to ‘kick the tires’ of our soon-to-be-released beta app for iPhone.
Thanks to everyone who came by and made the night a smashing success. It was really exciting for the team here at Idée to see TinEye Music, the first iPhone application of our visual search technology, out the door for beta testing.
With TinEye Music you use your iPhone to take a photo of any album cover. Almost instantly that snapshot gets compared to our index of over a million album covers and the app sends you right to the iTunes page for that artist where you can preview songs, buy tracks or even purchase the entire album right from your iPhone.
You can learn more about our app by watching our quick little video or reading today’s posts by Mathew Ingram and Adam Schwabe. Jevon from StartupNorth beat all of us all to the punch, however, with his TinEye Music review posted during the party.
On top of the great conversations and lots of music searching with our TinEye iPhone app, we also did a little “sleevefacing” last night. If you aren’t familiar with the term “sleeveface“, take a look at some of our guests demonstrating it here and here. Amber MacArthur channelled her inner J.Lo, Libin Pan did his best Steve Jobs pose and Jen Dodd rocked on as Nina Hagen (Jen, you win sleeveface of the night, we’ll send you your prize!). It was a lively night for all.
This photo Rannie took of Jevon performing “the TinEye maneuver” with his iPhone is one of my favourites, followed closely by Alice’s snapshot of the other Beta at the party last night.
Well, the fun might be over but the work is not. This is just the beginning of bringing visual search to the world of mobile technology and we have a lot more in store for you, stay tuned!
** Photo: Jevon strikes a pose – Rannie Turingan