Google Opens Its Cloud Vision API To All Developers

By on February 22, 2016
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After a short limited preview, Google today announced the public beta of its Cloud Vision API — a service that allows developers to easily build image recognition and classification features into their applications. That is a good news (even if the release it is not open source and obviously not free of charge) for instance for drones lovers and for robotics experts!

Cloud Vision API 2Google’s technology do basic things like extracting text from images, but its real power is in actually recognizing the objects in an image. This is the same technology that powers the image search in Google Photos and it can recognize anything from flowers, food and animals to local landmarks. Google says it has trained the algorithm to recognize “thousands” of different objects.

Google Cloud Vision API enables developers to understand the content of an image by encapsulating powerful machine learning models in an easy to use REST API. It quickly classifies images into thousands of categories (e.g., “sailboat”, “lion”, “Eiffel Tower”), detects individual objects and faces within images, and finds and reads printed words contained within images. You can build metadata on your image catalog, moderate offensive content, or enable new marketing scenarios through image sentiment analysis. Analyze images uploaded in the request, and in upcoming releases, integrate with your image storage on Google Cloud Storage. During Beta, the API is not intended for real time usage on mission critical applications.

With Cloud Vision API you can:

  • Detect Inappropriate content
  • Get Insight From Your Images

  • Image Sentiment Analysis
  • Extract Text through its OCR

  • Detect Landmark

Everything so chaming,  but pay attention to privacy issues. How easy will be to, as an example, get all the car plate numbers of an entire roaad? Or the ATM code?

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