E-commerce giant eBay has today announced two new features Image Search and Find It On eBay, powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, which allow shoppers to use pictures instead of words to search eBay’s catalog of 1.1 billion items using their mobile devices (via VentureBeat). The new features will allow people to quickly find the things they love, making the entire internet shoppable on their smartphones.
With Image Search, shoppers can take a photo or use an existing photo from their camera roll of an item they want to purchase and enter it into the Search bar. eBay will then surface listings that are a close match or visually similar so users can purchase.
Similarly, Find It On eBay allows shoppers on any social platform, such as Pinterest or any other website, to simply “Share” the URL with eBay and the eBay mobile app will surface listings of the product.
“Moments of shopping inspiration can come at any time, whether you’re walking down the street or browsing your social media feed,” said Mohan Patt, Vice President of Buyer Experience, eBay. “At eBay, we’re focused on creating new complementary technology that helps our millions of shoppers easily find the things they love at the best value. eBay Image Search and Find It On eBay make it possible for people to shop eBay using any image or photo that inspires them.”
Check out the following video for a better idea of how this works: