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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Give your e-commerce a visual boost

tileVizSeek is a cloud-based visual search solution with unlimited possibilities. Via mobile or the desktop, visual search is the next generation in search, eliminating the confusion that language, jargon, and part or product names can cause.

If your company sells products on the web, you need to give your customers the quickest, most accurate way to find what they need. If you have product images, VizSeek is a simple way to provide powerful visual search capabilities.

If you want to give your customers 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, you can use our VizSeek APIs to make that a quick and easy integration.

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Press Release: Imaginestics launches visual search engine for company product catalogs

Check out our latest press release on Purdue University Research Foundation news announcing the launch of our visual search technology, VizSeek, as a software-as-a-service tool for companies…

Imaginestics launches visual search engine for company product catalogs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Imaginestics LLC, whose visual search engine called VizSeek helps people find industrial products faster and more accurately than conventional search engines, has launched a new software-as-a-service platform for company industrial product catalogs.

The new visual search engine allows companies to upload their product catalogs to the VizSeek platform and make them searchable by photo, providing an efficient way for customers or employees to find the product they need….

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Imaginestics makes 2013 Technology 200

Imaginestics is proud to be a winner of making the 2013 Technology 200 list!

The list is generated by Lead411, a company that provides business addresses, business news, company profiles, daily lead alerts, and other business alerts. Criteria to make the list included that a company had substantial growth, in both revenue and employees, in the past year.

It’s an honor to be nationally recognized, and we hope to see more growth and success in the future.

Learn more about Lead411 by also visiting their Facebook page or adding them Twitter, @lead411.

– Imaginestics staff



Imaginestics Update

SONY DSCSeptember 5, 2013Imaginestics hosted the Indy Def2013 – DoD Source Approval Request (SAR) Workshop at the Purdue Technology Center of Indianapolis. The workshop included presentations from Tim Sanders, Associate Vice President, Government Relations Purdue University; Jacob Schpok, Executive Dir., Office of Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Brench L. Boden, Lead, Mfg. Enterprise Team, Manufacturing Technology Air Force, Research Laboratory; Nainesh Rathod, CEO, Imaginestics; Rob Hill, Business Analyst, Imaginestics; and Reggie Joslin, Deputy for Small Business, Crane.

Small- and mid-sized manufacturers learned methods to more successfully bid on U.S. Department of Defense requests for proposals, heard perspectives from government buyers, and were introduced to Imaginestics’ visual search-powered online platform, VizSpace. The online network, America’s VOICe, was also discussed as a tool and helpful solution to connect DOD opportunities with manufacturers’ capabilities.  – Imaginestics staff

Reggie Joslin, Deputy for Small Business, Crane
Reggie Joslin, Deputy for Small Business, Crane

Imaginestics immerses in world of 3D printing

In July, Rob and Greg visited the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Chicago for the B2B tradeshow located at the McCormick Place Convention Center — upon entrance, 3D Systems fascinated with a variety of Imagebrightly colored Cube model personal 3D printers, all performing simultaneously to produce unique creations. Showcasing their capabilities, a guitarist sat on the side of the exhibit playing an “Americana”-style 3D printed guitar, and next to him was a remarkable display of two printed guitars and full-sized scooter.  Image

Moving along they encountered fabbster, a company based in Lupburg, Germany that specializes in home 3D printers that are purchased in a compact box as a partially assembled construction kit. A conversation over the future of on-demand 3D printing (à la Kinko’s) occurred with C.ideas, a prototyping service bureau, though it was hard to not be distracted by their 3D printed car on display, which took five weeks to assemble.

Solid Concepts impressed with ZoomR, a 6’4” superhero mascot for that was built, assembled and painted in less than two weeks. The model was created using Solid Concept’s ID-Light technology that uses SLA (Stereolithography) combined with a proprietary laser scanning pattern, producing an outer shell about .030 to 0.040”. Image

Rapid Direction, Inc. (RDI) promoted the grand opening of their retail division, GetPrinting3D, opening in Evanston, IL, and at their booth Rob and Greg got their first look at the 3D scanning process, which utilizes a Microsoft Kinect sensor.

After talking with many other companies involved with 3D printing, they ended the visit at Stratasys. They learned about their line of Idea (Mojo and uPrint), Design (Object), Performance (Dimension) and Production (Fortus) series printers, and viewed the intriguing creations, including a skateboard, drills, a mini Fender amp and more.

ImageAfter a quick lunch Rob and Greg headed to The 3D Printer Experience, located at 316 North Clark St. in downtown Chicago, where Rob had an appointment to have his head scanned and printed. With many printed objects on display, the knowledgeable staff were able to teach about the various materials and equipment used in the store as well as the types of projects they’ve been involved with.

ImageWorking in the Chicago area, staff used Autodesk 123 Catch to take multiple view pictures of Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found and exhibited in the Field Museum of Natural History. Using the app a small model was printed of the dino’s head at the store.

Rob sat on a chair placed on a revolving platform as the Kinect was used to capture a 3D image of his head. Using two different programs the image was then cleaned up to remove any holes or open areas, and then using a flash drive the image was printed directly in an UP Mini 3D Printer using ABS+ plastic.


Within 20 minutes Rob had a miniature 3D model of himself! The modelImage was scaled to 10% at approximately 2-inches. Besides walking in to have a 3D model of yourself printed there is also an educational benefit for children to learn about 3D printing by designing a pendant on one of the many computers set up in the store. Customers can also have their designs printed locally and also purchase a 3D printer to take home.

Imaginestics staff