Search Images by Drawing a Sketch

Jan 3, 2006 • 9:16 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Engines

There is this new creative way to search for images, that currently doesn't work too well, but it still is very cool. It is named retrievr and you can search the Flickr image database by sketching something in real time. I found this by way of John Battelle via Research Buzz.

I had to start a thread on this at our forums, under the title, Image Search via Sketch.

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01/03/2006 02:55 pm

They must be getting too many hits: Error in application retrievr Maximum Thread count reached. martin

Barry Schwartz

01/03/2006 03:14 pm

Yea working fine for the past two days. And working fine when I first posted it. Anyway, wait it out, it is very cool.

gary price

01/03/2006 10:36 pm

Researchers at Purdue University have been doing work in this area for sevreral years. Here are a few links: Publications (all full text): Demo (IE Only): Overview article: 3D Searching starts to take shape From (PDF) Search by Shape Overview article from

Barry Schwartz

01/03/2006 10:54 pm

Outstanding Gary. Thank you for sharing!


08/27/2006 10:01 pm

it doesnt work too well at all. i did a sketch and then sketched my version of one of the images that appeared (a finger with a face drawn on it) and the image I was sketching disappeared from the results list! all it really does is find images with similar pallettes. lame.


05/12/2009 07:48 pm

can I suggest the free software SearchByDrawing from ?

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