eBay Upgrades Their Image Search Tool

ebay image search

Last year we praised heavily eBay’s innovation with their image search tool and Richard did a comprehensive hands on test of their image search to see how it did.

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Needless to say the results were pretty impressive.

eBay has now taken Image Search a step further and made it easier to use and also much more user friendly, they have done this by adding a drag-and-drop functionality.

Native Drag & Drop eBay Image Search

With the upgraded feature, customers can simply drag and drop an image into the search bar instead of using a picture which they took with their smartphone camera.

“When we introduced Image Search last year, we used computer vision to make it easier to find like items from the world around you in our global marketplace. Now, you can explore our marketplace further with just a swipe of your finger. As we continue to make the entire internet shoppable using computer vision, we’re evolving the search experience on eBay to help you more easily find what you want,”  eBay, Product Manager.

The new visual shopping feature is powered by artificial intelligence and uses deep learning networks, or convolutional neural networks, to process images.

ebay image search

In a video on their official press release, eBay demonstrates the much improved Image Search tool by typing “cross body bag” into the search bar. You can see their video here.

From the list of search results, a user can drag the image that catches their attention and drop it into the search bar to find more products that are similar to it.

The new Image Search tool will be available on Android and iOS this coming August in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.

Have you tried the upgraded version of eBay’s new drag and drop search? Let us know what you think in the comments below or over in our Facebook Group.

For almost 10 years Dave has been involved with eCommerce with a particular interest in the marketplaces and the huge opportunities available for sellers when utilizing a multi-channel strategy. After a year of being the UK’s youngest eCommerce consultant it was the opportunity to start UnderstandingE with Matt Ogborne showing the world how to utilize Magento as the Third Generation of Multi-Channel software. Dave also recently started a YouTube channel called the Manc Entrepreneur (click YouTube icon link below to watch Dave's videos) where he discusses all things eCommerce and entrepreneurship aimed to help young entrepreneurs get started on their own journey. When Dave isn’t working his main interests include, Technology, Cars and throwing himself off high things into water.


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