Unofficial: Search Google Images By Drawing

Oct 4, 2011 • 8:26 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Franz Enzenhofer built this cool feature that lets you draw a picture (or take a picture of yourself with your webcam) and then search Google Images using the search by image feature based on your drawing.

I decided to draw elmo, which can often turn bad because I am not a good artist. But here is a video demo of it in action:

To play with this tool yourself, go to Franz's web site.

He explained how it works:

  • You draw something on an HTML5 canvas.
  • Click on Search
  • Image gets converted into a base64 encoded data uri
  • Image data gets send to server (powered by Heroku)
  • Image gets uploaded to Amazon S3
  • The Amazon S3 Image URL gets communicated back to your browser.
  • Browser gets redirected to Google Search by Image
Pretty smart!

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franz enzenhofer

10/04/2011 01:56 pm

thx for covering this (and for the awesome video)

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10/05/2011 10:21 am

Well this new feature is simply great. I love it, even my little kids like it a lot and they keep on making new and different images. Its a great fun for them as well.

Amelia Stevenson

10/05/2011 01:24 pm

I just tried it and it's a lot of fun! I feel like a kid again.  Seriously, while this is a great feature, I can't think of any practical uses.  I'm not opposed to using it, however, just to break the monotony of office work or a dull domestic life. Hey! I just had a thought.  Can the police use this to trace a wanted person?

E Leila Fatehnia

05/01/2012 08:04 am

oh ' I want to know more about how does it work ,I'm a collage student and I am studying about it but till now I did not found any thing ok about it ! pleasss HELP me :( thx

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