IBM, European Researchers Develop Multimedia Search Tool

[IDG] IBM, working with researchers in Europe, claims to have developed a better way to search online for photos and videos than current methods used by Google and Yahoo.The developers call their technology SAPIR, for Search in Audio-Visual Content Using Peer-to-Peer Information Retrieval. It indexes and analyzes “low-level descriptors,” or attributes such as color, layout, shape and sounds, in photos and videos. The technology then compares those descriptors to other existing photos to help identify what’s in the picture.

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