Introducing the New and Improved VizSeek!

VizSeek, the accurate and versatile search engine, has a new look, and we’re very excited to announce its recent release!

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The new VizSeek incorporates advances in visual search algorithms to provide more accurate search results for your customers. Now the possibility of your customers leaving your website or app before finding and buying the product they need is further reduced.

Check out our new VizSeek website to see how you can empower your customers with the power of visual search and drive sales growth!

Join VizSeek at the Innovation Showcase event


Our VizSeek team members, Jamie Tan and Rob Hill, will be presenting VizSeek at the Innovation Showcase event on 07/14/2016 in Indianapolis.

Please join us at booth 31 to learn how VizSeek helps companies provide their customers with the power of visual search and drive sales growth.

How is VizSeek better than other visual search technologies?

VizSeek, our cloud-based visual search solution, is better than other visual search solutions in the following ways.

1) VizSeek can identify a specific match for a product within a category

Other visual search engines use “Deep Learning” to recognize and tag an object, then search for similar objects with similar tags. Figure 1 below shows that they can only recognize the category a product belongs to, but do not find exact matches or truly similar products.

Figure 1: Other visual search technologiescompetitors

VizSeek finds a category using “Deep Learning” to limit search scope and then uses shape and color to find better matches. Figure 2 below illustrates how VizSeek, along with identifying the product category, can find the exact or similar products within that product category.

Figure 2: VizSeek visual search technologyvizseek

2) VizSeek works across file types

VizSeek lets you do visual search across file type, such as using an image or a 2D drawing to find 3D models. Other visual search solutions only allow image to image and 3D model to 3D model searches.

3) VizSeek is a SaaS solution

As a SaaS solution, VizSeek provides you with ground-breaking, resource-intensive visual search capability with no infrastructure or maintenance investment.

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VizSeek: How our Visual Search Engine Works

We often hear from our customers, “How does your visual search technology actually work?” Although we can’t reveal our secrets, we thought we would share some of the logic that happens behind the curtain so to speak.VizSeek

VizSeek, which is the name of our visual search engine, uses shape instead of text to find what you are looking for. The technology itself is a bit complicated, but from a user’s perspective, it’s about as easy as it gets. Our technology allows a user to upload different types of files to use as a search input such as images, 2D drawings and 3D models and returns to the user similar geometry from within a given database including exact matches.

Let’s breakdown the search process and walk through an example of ranking  world cities by proximity to a city given as input. First, the feature vector is computed for each city in the database using its latitude and longitude. Then each feature vector is positioned in an N-Dimensional space (N = number of dimensions of the feature vector = 2) as shown in Figure 1. Now, let’s say we would like to know which city in the database is closest to Tokyo. We would compute the feature vector of the search input which is Tokyo, position Tokyo in the 2-Dimensional space, and then measure the distance between Tokyo and each city in the database. Beijing would be returned as the closest match, and earn the number one rank in the search results.

Figure 1: 2-Dimensional space used for searching world cities by proximity.


The same logic applies during VizSeek visual search as shown in Figure 2. For each shape (image, 2D drawing, or 3D model) in the database, VizSeek computes its feature vector, and positions each shape in an N-Dimensional space (N > 2). What differs between this example and the world cities example are the defined rules that are being used for the computation of the feature vectors. If the visual search input being uploaded is a square, VizSeek computes the feature vector of the input square, and positions it in the N-Dimensional space. VizSeek then measures the distance between the input square and each shape in the database. VizSeek would then return the square as the most accurate match, and assign it the number one rank in the search results.

Figure 2: 2D projection of the N-Dimensional space used for visual search


In future blog posts we plan to cover how image-image, image-3D, 3D-3D, 2D-2D, 2D-3D visual search methods work. So stay tuned by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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Press Release: Search for Products or Designs Using Just an Image

VizSeekOur latest press release is available on PR Newswire describing our new product offerings for manufacturers and distributors. Just as text is used to search for text, the VizSeek software finds images using an image.

Search for Products or Designs Using Just an Image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, April 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — After 13 years of supplying the US Department of Defense, Imaginestics, LLC, creator of the VizSeek visual search software, is taking its unique technology to the manufacturing sector.

VizSeek, known as visual search software, allows manufacturers and distributors to find prints, drawings, images and 3D models stored in a secure database using an image or even a hand sketch, just as text is used to search for words in a typical search.

“There are many applications,” said company co-founder Jamie Tan, who received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT.  “For example, sometimes an engineer just needs to find a print or an engineering model, and rather than spend hours trying to find it by name, you can simply upload an image of the part.  VizSeek will find the print in your database, or at least narrow the search so you can quickly find it,” he said…

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Customer Spotlight: How Machine Research is Using Visual Search

Our customers are using VizSeek in innovative ways to help manufacturers increase productivity. Machine Research has integrated VizSeek into their cloud-based estimating, pricing and quoting solution to help custom manufacturers win more profitable business. Machine Research provides manufacturers with the ability to view, measure, markup, and translate CAD models from multiple platforms.

VizSeek allows Machine Research’s customers to search, using the CAD models, for similar parts that have been made before. By quickly accessing the actual cost data from past projects, the manufacturer can easily and accurately quote new parts. The VizSeek visual search engine provides greater accuracy than other available technologies, ensuring a great result every time.

If your customers could benefit from visual search, you can use our VizSeek APIs to quickly and easily integrate visual search on your own site or app.

If you want to give your customers a dedicated, customized place to search for your products, you can use our subscription plan to add your products to a site on VizSeek.

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Speed your customer service with visual search

impellerYour customer service is often the key to retaining customers and building loyalty. To provide optimal customer service, your customer service agents need to be able to quickly
and accurately identify the product your customer needs help with and find the appropriate documentation or warranty information. Unfortunately, customers don’t always know the exact name or part number of what they have.

Visual search is a powerful tool to allow your customer service agents to take a customer’s image, find the appropriate part within your product catalog or design data, and get the information the customer needs.

If you want to give your customer service agents a dedicated, customized place to search for your products, use our subscription plan to add your products to a site on VizSeek.

Or, if you want to put visual search on your own site or app, our VizSeek APIs to make that a quick and easy integration.

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