By Alain Francois
When hosting a business' website, it is important to ensure that customers have a pleasant user experience. Finding products through image search is an interesting way to navigate items selling on your platform. As a result, Alibaba Cloud developed a service called Image Search. It ensures the best user experience by allowing customers to find the product they intend to purchase through images.
Alibaba Cloud Image Search is an intelligent image search service that helps users find identical or similar images based on machine learning and deep learning. The service enables end-users to take a screenshot or upload an image to search and find desired products and fulfill other search requests. It allows you to extract image characteristics and build an image search engine for image searches. Image Search applies to a wide range of scenarios, such as snap shopping, product recommendations based on similar images, and copyright protection. The criticality and role of image search are more significant for e-commerce businesses.
There are various types of Image Search technologies:
This service provides some benefits:
You need an Alibaba Cloud account. If don't have one yet, you can create one. (Get a coupon during the March Mega Sale!)
Log in to your account, go to the Visual Intelligence service, and choose Image Search:
You can see the overview page of the service:
Create an image search instance. Go to Create instance. (The service offers a one-month free trial if you need it):
Choose the service (Product or Generic image) you want to use and indicate the name of the instance. In our case, we will create a product image instance. The Queries/sec (QPS) is the maximum number of requests Image Search can process every second. The Capacity is the maximum number of images among which you can run searches. The instance name can't be changed and must meet the following requirements:
You will be asked to confirm the order.
Go back to the console. If you have changed the default region while buying the service, change it there to see the search instance you just created:
Go to the product search instance to see your instance. Click on the instance name:
Add an image to your instance and dill in the necessary information:
Repeat the process to add more images:
You can try the image search after adding some images. There are some results on the right panel:
The use of image search can help to enhance your business and brand image. You can enhance the experience of searching products online and improve the purchasing experience of your customers.
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