Today on the CBC I listened to a conversation about how icons may be used soon to search the web instead of words. It makes sense, imagine if you could just select a few icons or tiny images to explain what you are looking for. No more typing words and searching databases for documents that might have those worlds. The new search is visual first, both to define the search and select it from graphically enhanced databases. Words are failing us in search, but it seems there is a better way and its based on New Visual Communications Technology and leading research and work in university labs around the world.
Take for example the case when AtlantisSubmarines offering real live submarine tours of the coral reefs and underwater coats areas around tourism destination island like Barbados. Now not may people will actually search for submarine trips because its not top of mind- But if they had some icons to pick from a Submarine might well peak interest,
This video (below) demonstrates how inadequate a verbal search engine might be. Its hard to search for the right terms, and how do we know how an article of services is actually described. Visual Search may be an answer for a lot of cases.
That is just some of the promise of Visual Communication Technology in the future. You don’t need to define an image with an icon, the system does that for you. The new visual communication technology understands images. It reads the picture, the video and the text to deliver a match.
You pick you icon, a submarine, a bike and immediately it puts it into context of where you are and what you are searching for or doing on the net. Then it starts to grab information from pictures, videos and graphics on the net. It may prompt you to add more icons location, purpose, colour, fashion, style or all sorts of idea based on whats available and what you might be looking for. It may seem a crazy but highest education is studying this and finding it highly applicable to all sort of agendas.
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