AI powers eBay’s new Image Search mobile app features

A new system for adding and identifying products has been added to eBay’s mobile apps. It uses image recognition and artificial intelligence to help buyers describe and find things for sale on the auction site.

“Starting today, our new image-recognition features are live on eBay’s mobile apps — Find It On eBay and Image Search. These features allow shoppers to use pictures instead of words to search eBay’s 1.1 billion listings, spanning the new and truly unique. Enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, these innovative ways to shop will help you quickly find the things you love, making the entire internet shoppable on your mobile device.”

With Find It On eBay, images can be shared from social networks, ready to find similar items for sale. Image Search works with the phone’s camera or an existing photo, identifying items quickly and searching for them on eBay.

The intention is to have people use words less to find the things they need, and the system will learn from the images shared with it, gradually improving the results. Find It On eBay is only available for Android devices at the moment, while Image Search is for both Android and iOS.

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