Machine intelligence pioneer, ViSenze, enables people to search by uploading photos instead of guessing keywords and surfaces visually similar products when browsing through Flipkart’s fashion category.
Flipkart, India’s largest online marketplace, started rolling out image search on its mobile app to revolutionize the shopping experience, using ViSenze technology for visual search and image recognition.
The newly introduced image search allows users to upload photos of fashion items and find similar products in terms of color, pattern or style inside the Flipkart merchandise database. This eliminates keywords guessing when searching for a product, thereby simplifying the search process.
Additionally, users browsing Flipkart’s catalogue can find visually similar products with a single tap. This brings offlinelike shopping experience to mobile, acting as a virtual “shop assistant” who would show products of same color or design when users see something they like.
This simplified search experience comes handy on the online marketplace that lists over 30 million products and is accessed by 45 million registered users, 75% of them via smartphones. These new features are currently in beta and are due to be released to all users in the upcoming days.
“We’re very excited to partner with Flipkart and offer their users an enhanced shopping experience powered by our visual search. And we are proud we had managed to offer a solution that is also capable to handle unique needs for the Indian market such as ethnic wear,” said Oliver Tan, CEO and CoFounder of ViSenze.
The company originates from a R&D spinoff from the National University of Singapore, and develops highly advanced visual search algorithms, combining stateoftheart deep learning with the latest computer vision technology to solve search and recognition problems faced by businesses in the visual web space.
The company provides its visual technology APIs through a SoftwareasaService offering to online retailers, content owners, brands and advertisers, app developers and digital publishers, enabling their platforms to recognize products for retrieval purposes or instant purchases.
“The partnership with Flipkart not only attests to the strength of our products, but also reinforces our mission to enable retailers to capitalize on smart innovations in visual technology to uplift conversions, while empowering shoppers with realtime ability to search without the hassle of keyword guessing. And we will continue to innovate in this area,” added Oliver Tan.
Key clients using the company’s awardwinning image search service today include internet retailers and marketplaces like Caratlane, Zalora (a Rocket Internet company), Reebonz, and Rakuten Taiwan, as well as patent search engines like PatSnap.
ViSenze was founded by computer vision scientists and tech entrepreneurs with the sole objective of simplifying the visual web. Through cutting-edge R&D based on real world problems, ViSenze develops simple visual search & recognition tools to help businesses in eCommerce, mCommerce, online display advertising, software development & database management to address challenges of exploding visual content on different digital platforms. ViSenze originates from NExT, a leading research centre jointly established between National University of Singapore (NUS) and Tsinghua University of China. The company, based in Singapore, has previously raised a series A funding round from Rakuten Ventures, Walden International and UOB Venture Management.
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Flipkart’s press release on the beta launch of image search on July 1st: http://www.newsvoir.com/release/flipkartallsettoredefinecustomerexperiencewithinnovative imagesearchfeature4721.html