Google Acquires Graphic Search Engine Start-Up Company

April 12, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Not many of you have probably heard of Plink, a startup project by two people based on image identification incorporated into a search engine. What does this mean? Well, imagine you could snap a picture of some painting with your phone’s camera and send it to a special search engine, which then identifies the picture for you!

PlinkArt, the application in question, was used by more than 50,000 people in just one month, and it allows users to perform a variety of tasks besides identifying an image – such as sharing it with their friends or even ordering a print.

The app’s development will be halted, though it will still be available – the two people behind it will now work on Google Goggles, a similar project launched by Google, aimed at bringing the same kind of service incorporated directly into the Google search engine. We don’t yet know when we should see the first results of their collaboration, though we sure hope it’s soon!

[ Via PCWorld ]

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