Amazon has an iphone app. Their app lets you take pictures of things, and then they match it to products they sell.
Undoubtedly they’re using Mechanical Turk to have bored humans do the matching. That system has been in place for years, and I even gave it a try to get a bunch of candidate names for a new band a while back. So how’d it do?
- Picture of Star Wars Trilogy DVD set: successfully matched.
- Picture of old combo VHS/DVD player’s manual: matched to current model.
- Picture of Netflix envelope of 3:10 to Yuma DVD: no match
- Picture of Abby, our cat: no match
Kinda surprised about #3.
All I can say is I hope they have some sort of skintone-screening technology in front of the human Turkers, because I’m sure there are gonna be a lot of bored college students takin’ picture of their schlongs…