Cool Iris and Visual Search – am I missing the point
I have been looking into visual search recently, and I have been disappointed with what I have found.Â The observer last Sunday talked about some sites to watch, one of which was Cooliris.Â This site offers a new cinematic way to discover the web, by browsing through the web’s images.
Perhaps I am behind the times but I thought it was rather useless.Â Yes, you can browse images, but these images are separate from the context of their pages and I am not sure how, therefore this helps people do anything more than flick through images, like Google images search but without the context.
A slightly more interesting site is searchme.Â This enable people to browse through a stack of images of webpages, giving a quick preview of each one.Â I like the idea here, but I think that the user experience is rather clunky when switching between viewing the picture of the webpage and viewing the page in a browser.Â The search results are also pretty underwhelming .
Pixsta is a nice product which allows companies to advertise their product in a visual product search engine.Â there is a good idea here somewhere, but at the moment not enough information is rally given about the product to bring the experience alive.