Have you ever wished to have software that can smartly detect people, object and even landing marks in images with the same level of quality Google can? Because now you can do exactly the same. As you might have seen Google just recently released the Beta of their Cloud Vision API and opened it for all the developers to try. The API features services for object / landmark detection, inappropriate content detection, sentiment analysis, text extraction and more.
Google’s Cloud Vision API brings the concept of machine learning to images for the first time. Making use of this tool developer can build applications and robots they are capable of recognizing image content for the first time. For example, show it a picture of an apple and the bot will call it what it is. Alternatively, you could tell your robot to single out the smiling faces from those that are frowning, and it’ll give you the answer faster than you can click your fingers.
Let me introduce with the APIA features that can be applied to an image in any combination.
If you send the API a picture of an apple, it will report back with a high score that it is likely an apple too. You can use this feature to build up metadata on your images which could be useful for image-based searches or recommendations.
It has the capability to detect the landmarks and identify popular natural as well as manmade structures, providing latitude and longitude of their location.
The API can also recognize logos and identified product brand.
Image Attribute Detection
The general attributes of the image, such as the dominant colour, can be provided.
Safe Search Detection
It is powered by Google Safe Search, this can detect different types of inappropriate content within an image. It enables developers as well as website managers to effortlessly moderate the uploaded images.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
It has the capability to find the text within an image and it can also identify the belongings of a language. This is useful for building your image catalogue’s metadata.
The software can detect when a face appears in a photo and it can even recognize its sentiment, reporting simple responses such as joy or sorrow.
How do you get to use it?
Developers who are making use of an API can quickly analyze the content of an image from their own API by using Restful interface and JSON for the both requests and responses. So, now it’s even easier to operate and maintain.
If you are obsessed with the service and wished to use it then let me with the compendium of the truthful information. So you can set the reasonable expectations. The service is priced per feature for a month, with the first 1,000 API calls free. Prices range from $2.50-$5.00 after 1,000 units have been used. It is already considered attractive to many as the service is fast, accurate and easy to integrate.