Vodafone Shows Image Search for Mobile Phones

Search isn't just about text anymore. At the Cebit trade show in Germany, Vodafone is demonstrating Otello, a search engine that uses images as input.

Instead of entering a word or phrase users send pictures via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) from their mobile phones.

The picture can be anything from a historical building to a CD cover, according to Vodafone. Otello then returns information relevant to the picture to the mobile phone, just like a normal search engine.

Vodafone's reasoning behind image search is that it's more convenient to take a picture than to enter search terms with a phone that lacks a normal keyboard.

View: The New York Times

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Stalkers should have a field day with this one.
Take picture of a girl...locate her on myspace...study myspace...then go upto her again as a"soulmate" that also likes:
puppies, the Cure, fried balogna sandwiches, pokemon

Mnah...no one would use it that way

id be amazed if it actually works with different faces or people... im thinking more like the basic stuff like landmarks or easily recognizable objects
maybe it only works with pictures, not the objects that the pictures are taken of... to be able to recognize real objects is something called heuristics , but i think that this service would be more like comparing the picture you sent and another picture stored in its database, so yeah its good for cd covers and the like