The European multimedia search engine Quaero (the european google in short) is predicted to be launch by the end of 2006. More and more it become a “high-tech reality”. It will introduce the ability to search by a “query image” and by a query sound”.
From www.upi.com :
Although current search engines can be used to hunt for text, sound-files, videos and images, these searches are limited in that they can only be conducted using keywords rather than by the actual nature of the files. A search for a picture of an elephant will only retrieve images that are currently tagged with “elephant” keywords. Quaero aims to change that. By introducing the ability to search by a “query image” and “query sound clips” instead of just basic keywords, users will be able to search by images and sounds as well as text. Through a process of “image mining,” software that recognizes colors and shapes will be able to identify pictures and videos containing images similar to the query image. “Keyword propagation” will also be used: When Quaero finds a descriptionless image containing some or all elements of a properly labeled image it will append the description from the labeled image to the unlabeled one, creating faster searches. By introducing image and audio components to online searches, Quaero is looking to not just rival Google but to take a major leap forward in the entire field of search-engine technologies and capabilities.
It may also reveal to be a good solution for Flash referencing 🙂
The full article from UPI.