Tinder, Tigers, and... Tagging

It's sometimes striking how fast some crazy ideas go viral nowadays... and the tiger selfies on Tinder :) make no exception, going far enough to escalate to the attention of the New York State Assembly.

Funny (or not), taking selfies with tigers, and eventually using them as profile pictures, is not allowed in NY any more, unless you want to pay the $500 fine for a few seconds of glory.

Being an image recognition company, especially focused on auto-tagging, it seems to us like a piece of cake to detect if there is a tiger on the image! Here is an example:

 

Tinder, Tigers, Tagging
Tinder, tigers, and tagging

You can see the sample test here and upload/paste a tiger selfie (not yours of course) to try it out.

And this could be used via API access by Tinder to warn users... or by the state assembly to detect them ;)

Just another (weird) validation how widespread image recognition could be nowadays... In any types of apps and use-cases, as images are becoming the ultimate way to communicate and express ourselves so easily, thanks to the cameras in our pockets.

Have an awesome idea that would greatly benefit from automated image tagging? Just sign up for free here and give our auto-tagging API a try.


What we are after in 2014 - democratizing machine learning as a service and applying it in practice

2013 was such an exciting year for us! We partnered multiple photo-related hackathons (Seedhack 3Startup Weekend Mobile Sofia and Photo Hack Day Menlo ParkPhoto Hack Day BerlinSeedhack 4; plus one more coming in a less than two weeks - Photo Hack Day Tokyo!) and created a lot of friends there.

We also closed our seed round from LAUNCHub and several angel investors, extended our team with two great software engineers, visited several leading industry and technology conferences (Tech Crunch Disrupt BerlinWeb Summit DublinMicroStock Expo BerlinleWeb Paris), and made a major leap in our core technology:

Auto-categorization of images for different use-cases
Auto-categorization of images for different use-cases

We on-boarded new customers and partnered with two great image processing and management services - Blitline and Cloudinary that now offer our smart cropping as part of their feature sets (the latter, still in private beta).

Now 2014 has already come, and it's time to roll out several awesome products, enabled by our recent technology advancements. There is a huge hype around A.I. and machine learning these days. But for us this isn't just a hype... it's what we've been working on hard in the last year. And we want to bring this to the people (and start-ups, and companies), empowering them to take advantage of machine learning for better understanding and organization of their imagery in the easiest possible way.

We are aiming to keep the lean/iterative approach so we'll definitely rely on your active feedback, ideas, and inclusion in the process. Happy to share that we already have multiple successful pilots with customers taking advantage of our machine-learning-based auto-categorization, as in the example image above, and some more customers in the pipeline. Now it's your turn! If you are interested in auto-categorization and you think it can help your image-centric businesses or projects (and believe me, it will help them for sure) give a try to our auto-categorization "playground".

Mobile is also going to be bigger and bigger and this is something we are definitely interested in as the development of our smart photo organization app Sliki proves. Sliki was recently selected to join the AppCampus programme so we'll release it on Windows Phone first (which is a great platform for development BTW), but we also conduct some closed tests on Android. Sign up here and we'll keep you updated on how Sliki goes. Funny enough, the (hardware-enabled) future seems bright even for complex computer vision on mobile as explained in this video.

All in all, It's a really exciting journey and you are more than welcome to join it as an advisor, investor, employee, partner, customer or just a friend :)


Python API client and Color Search in Instagram

We are excited to have our API available for out-of-the-box development in one more major platform – Python!

Python

Ivan Penchev was enthusiastic to port the PHP client in Python and no sooner said than done – here it is https://github.com/ivanpenchev/imagga-py.

In no time Georgi Kostadinov put it at work, and what a better way to try it than prototyping basic tool that searches among recent Instagram photos based on colors, using Imagga Color API. He was kind to publish his code as well: https://github.com/gkostadinov/Instagram-Color-Search-Python.

Instagram Color Search

Instagram Color Search prototype

Thank you guys, you’re awesome!

You can try our APIs by applying for trial account at www.imagga.com. Currently we have PHP, Java, Ruby and Python clients for our APIs.


Imagga partners with Blitline to jointly offer Smart Cropping

We are excited to announce that starting today we are partnering with Blitline, one of the best and most lightweight and easy to integrate image processing services in the cloud!

Blitline& Imagga

Our cooperation starts with the opportunity for Blitline users to take advantage of our smart-cropping, as applied in our cropping API and cropping tool Cropp.me. The guys at Blitline have produced a very easy to understand example why Imagga’s smart cropping is better than just center cropping:

How Imagga smart cropping works

Imagga Smart Cropping as explained by Blitline

Funny enough, the idea for the cooperation came a month ago from an existing user of Blitline who approached us and asked if we can provide them with the same seamless integration that Blitline offers for regular cropping, but with our smart cropping, or ideally – can we offer it via Blitline? No sooner said than done! We got in contact and things simply worked out.

Now Blitline users who subscribe for the special Blitline + Imagga plan have access to the imagga_smart_crop function for their image processing pipeline. The pricing sticks to the pay-as-you-go model (per cropped image) plus a very low monthly subscription fee.

Blitline Imagga Pricng Plan

Blitline + Imagga Pricing Plan

We do believe this is going to be a great example of co-opetition!


Come hack with Imagga APIs at Google I/O Extended Sofia

Google I/O 2013 in Sofia

We will be partnering with Eleven for Google I/O Extended Sofia event. It’s exciting you can not only see live the great sessions during the event but also do something – write a bit of code may be

We will be facilitating specially designated hacker’s corner at SOHO, where you can stop by and hack for an hour or a day. It’s up to you but feel welcomed to stay as long as you wish and start making your great ideas into working prototypes. If you do not have an idea but feel like coding, here are some ideas we come up:

  • Picture mosaic of images, that form any national flag. You can use Imagga Color API and Google Images for the collage creation.
  • Guess what’s on the picture – use Imagga Crop API to find the most prominent part of the image and blur it. Then serve the blurred images so people can make their guesses.

These are just two ideas to help you start hacking. We will be more than please to help you with our APIs for some other great ideas connected to image manipulation that you might have.

For the most diligent there will be in-kind price of $500 in commercial API usage. Eleven, who’s hosting the event is offering wildcard for live interview for their next investment round.

More about Imagga APIs and how to hack using them can be found here – http://imagga.com/api/docs/

Even more detailed information:

We will be extremely happy to see you at Google I/O Extended Sofia and specially if you stop by the hacking corner. Most probably there you will find some Imagga team members, but if you need more information or if you want to reach out, pls, email to info@imagga.com or send message to Georgi – https://plus.google.com/u/0/110303707514543533758/


Partnering Photo Hack Day Berlin in the first days of June

Photo Hack Day 3 Berlin

Continuing our tradition to partner image-related hackathons, we are happy to announce that we’ll provide Imagga API access and prizes for the competitors in the upcoming Photo Hack Day Berlin hackathon in June 1-2! The lead organizers are our friends from EyeEm.

PHD3 Imagga Prize

In addition to awarding API credits and cash prizes, we are planning to announce some amazing news at the end of the event! If you are keen about images, hacking and starting startups – make sure to come around and hack with us and the other great partners of the event:

PHD3 Sponsors

Photo Hack Day Berlin Sponsors & Friends

See you at the arty Platoon Kunsthalle venue!


Imagga API kits in Ruby and Java, now looking for your platforms!

I guess most of you agree that nothing is as motivating as seeing people being enthusiastic about what you do. And that’s why we feel privileged to have some real supporters among you guys!

We are happy to announce that now we have some great community-supported kit/clients for Imagga API in Ruby and Java!

Trying to stick to the MVP approach when launching our platform in the end of this January, we decided that it’s absolutely OK to have only a PHP client and a well written concise documentation that still allows developers integrate the API in other platforms, until we manage to implement multiple platform kits later on.

We thought that if hackers are eager enough to try and use our API it should be OK for them to spend an hour or two figuring out how to make the proper HTTP calls on their own, in their development platforms of choice. Happily enough, this turned out to be right!

 

Ruby

The first version of the Ruby client was implemented in about two hours by Mart Karu during Seedhack in February! The ColourTag.me team formed during the hackathon was eager to use Imagga’s color extraction and they were using Ruby, so Mart did the ‘hackwork’. He was kind to publish it on GitHub – https://github.com/martkaru/imagga - and to continue supporting it after that. Big Thanks Mart!

 

Java (registered trademark of ORACLE)

The Java API kit is implemented and constantly updated by Jakob Vad Nielsen. He contacted us long time ago, when we still haven’t launched Imagga API publicly, and we took the chance to contact him back once we were ready. Soon after he shared that he has implemented and published a Java kit, available in GitHub again – https://github.com/lazee/imagga-java-kit. Big Thanks to Jakob, also for his feature and tweak requests that make a lot of sense, and for being that rapid in keeping the kit up to date with the constant changes we apply to the API!

Now it’s your turn!  We are currently focusing the majority of our technical efforts to providing more advanced and scalable technology. That’s why porting the Imagga API client/kit to some other platforms unfortunately is out of our very-short-term backlog. But that’s where you can help! Do you feel enthusiastic about what we do and want to try it out, but your preferred platform is neither PHP, nor Ruby, nor Java? You are more than welcome to wrap a client for it and share it with others! Node.js, .NET/C# and Python for example would be very nice additions to our kit-supported platforms. Of course, we will help as much as possible in providing relevant info and support, in addition to the color and cropping API docs that are already there.

We are starting to hire soon, and implementing a tidy kit for Imagga API in a new platform is definitely a plus for those who want to apply. And the good karma should be enough for the others? Please contact us if you think so :)


Partnering Photo Hack Day 4 in Facebook HQ this April

We are very excited to partner the 4th edition of Photo Hack Day to be held April 6-7 in the Facebook HQ in Menlo Park! Photo Hack Day 4 Photo Hack Day This is “THE hackathon” when we talk about images. The last edtion has gathered more than 350 developers who’ve produced the impressive 72 innovate image related hacks! What better place than that to offer our APIs for some heavy hacking?!? It’s a privilege for us to be among lots of great API sponsors:   Photo Hack Day – API Sponsors We do hope to see a lot of creative hacks using all these APIs. We’re offering prizes for all who integrate the Imagga API, plus a special cash prize for the the most creative integration! If you are around make sure to join the party and make some great use our APIs


Five arguments why color extraction and color search are awesome!

Having millions of images in your site is great, but how findable they really are?

We offer a fully automated service that extract color information from your images so people can discover them based on color. Here are several arguments on the awesomeness of our color extraction and color search API:

Color Extraction API
Color Extraction API
  • We offer the color extraction and color search technology as a service - you don’t need to install or host anything on your side, you simply make some lite HTTP requests to our servers in the cloud and they’ll do the job for you, returning the color information and/or the images with the specified colors in a fraction of the second;
  • Extracting precise color information, even for a few thousand of images, is something very time consuming for people to do, and it’s error prone as well. In comparison our service can precisely process hundreds of thousands of images in just a few hours so you can implement the color search functionality in your site in no time;
  • While being easy to integrate, the color extraction technology we offer is quite advanced - we can automatically separate the foreground and the background colors for you, so you can allow search for products/items with particular colors, discarding what are the colors at the background;
  • You can search not only by single color, but by a combination of up to five colors with different prominence when needed:
Multi-color search
Multi-color search
  • The pricing is purely based on actual usage. You don’t have to pay a setup fee, monthly subscription, or purchase an expensive license.

Already feel excited about it? Request a free trial API account here!


Five reasons why auto cropping is awesome!

Keep Calm and Start Cropping

Cropping sounds trivial, right? But how do you feel about the face, the body, or another important object in the image being cut in half when you generate square thumbnails to feature some of the images from your collection on the homepage of your site? Here are five reasons to love our smart cropping API:

  1. We fix the above mentioned issue by automatically identifying the visually most important parts of your images in order to preserve them when you need to crop in aspect ratio different than the original one;
  2. Our smart cropping and slicing technology is available as a service - you don’t need to install or host anything on your side, you simply make some lite HTTP requests to our servers in the cloud and they’ll do the job for you, returning the suggested smart cropping region;
  3. Selecting the right cropping, even for a few thousand of images, is very time consuming job for people to do, and it’s error prone as well. In comparison our service can precisely process hundreds of thousands of images in just a few hours so you can showcase precisely cropped images in no time;
  4. Оur pricing is purely based on actual usage. You don’t have to pay a setup fee, monthly subscription, or purchase an expensive license;
  5. People already love using our cropping tool Cropp.me (http://cropp.me) to auto-crop a few images for personal use. Imagine how helpful this can be in large scale for an image collection with thousands or millions of images

And a bonus one: you can get very creative, for example by showcasing really nice looking collages and listing of your images cropped in different sizes and still to be sure that the most visually important parts are well preserved no mater of the aspect ratio, thanks to the smart-cropping :)

Already feel excited about it? Request a free trial API account here!