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eBay's new shopping feature uses AI

eBay have unveiled a new feature that allows people to search for a product using a picture.

The e-commerce company will launch two new pieces of software - Find It On eBay and Image Search - that can help their customers find what they want to buy using just an image.

Writing about the new feature on their website, they shared: "Have you ever seen someone wearing something you wanted to buy but you didn't know where to get it? Or maybe you saw something you liked while reading your favorite blog or flipping through Pinterest but you didn't know where you could buy it, let alone how to describe it in words? There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but who really wants to write that much when you are trying to find something quickly.

"Today, eBay announced Find It On eBay and Image Search, two features that will make the entire internet shoppable. These new features bring you a step closer to getting that item you really want, whether it's brand new or nearly new - it'll be totally you. Find It On eBay is a new feature in our eBay app and mobile platform that lets you share images from any social platform or web browser. All you have to do is "share" the image with eBay and our mobile app will find listings of the item in that image or others like it."

The software works using "two core parts of artificial intelligence" to search through the 1.1 billion listings on the site.

They added: "With Image Search, you can take a photo of something you want to buy - or use an existing photo from your camera roll - and put it into the eBay Search bar on our native apps. Then, we'll show you listings that match the item you are looking for.

"These features sift through the more than 1.1 billion listings on eBay, creating a seamless shopping experience and helping you find your version of perfect. They also open up new ways to discover unique and fun items that wouldn't be possible with just using words. Leveraging the latest advances in two core parts of artificial intelligence - computer vision and deep learning - these new features make it easier to buy the things that inspire you."

Find It On eBay and Image Search are expected to be release in the autumn and Image Search will be made available on Android and iOS and Find It On eBay initially on Android.

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