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18 October 2006

Don't Write It. Sketch It!

OK, we can use some keywords to find some specific pages online. But what about photos!? Keywords are not always the best way to find them. But drawing a simple sketch for the photos you are looking for and asking the search engine to find them can be more helpful.
Retrievr is an experimental service which lets you search and explore in a selection of Flickr images by drawing a rough sketch.

They are still in an experimental phase, but the idea itself is really cool. You may also use different colours in your sketch to get better results

You know what, I had a similar idea long time ago, but it was for music files. Sometimes you know some music but you don't know the actual song's names, so why there is no search engine where you can hum or sing a song for it to find it for you.

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  1. there is a cool Free/Open Source program that does that kind of search in your image collection called imgseek, been around for years now.

    check it out it seems to be cross platform too.

  2. The concept is really really cool!