Bing is announcing new visual search features today. The post outlining it all is not yet up, but here are details and links from an email sent to me earlier:
Link to the blog post, not yet up, but soon they promise.
Link to the announcement on TC50 stage.
Text from the email, edited for clarity:
On Monday, Microsoft will launch a new beta feature in Bing, it’s new decision engine, called Visual Search that is a new, easy way to search by clicking instead of typing. Visual Search helps you search information visually, and helps you refine a query when a picture makes it easier to sift through all the online information. Look for that movie you wanted to see, find the best new purse, or figure out which digital camera is right for you using an engaging visual experience without having to sort through page after page of links. People can try the beta of Visual Search by going to Bing.com/visualsearch.
· Visual Search categories that will be available on Monday are outlined below. This list will continue to grow and expand.
· Structured Content and images for Visual Search are provided by a number of sources, including MSN.
· The seamless transitions between selections are achieved through the integration of Silverlight technology
Visual Search Galleries:
100 heroes and villains, Billboard’s past albums, Billboard’s past songs, Film legends, Greatest movies, Movies in theaters
Popular books, Popular celebrities, Popular DVDs, Popular TV shows, Pulitzer winning fiction, Top albums, Top songs
FBI’s most wanted, Popular celebrities, US politicians, US presidents, US vice presidents, World leaders
Dog breeds, Periodic table, Travel destinations, US politicians, US presidents, US states, US vice presidents, World leaders, Yoga poses
Cell phones, Digital cameras, Handbags, HDTVs, New cars, Popular books, Popular DVDs, Portable GPS, Pulitzer winning fiction, Top albums, Top iPhone apps
MLB players, MLB teams, NASCAR drivers, NBA players, NBA teams, NFL players, NFL teams, NHL players, NHL teams, UFC fighters
Update: I played with the Dog Breeds visual search, and found it pretty cool. It’s not as deep as I would like – the promise is that you don’t have to go out onto the web, and I found myself back into the “back and forth” button mode too soon, but the visual search is really cool to start with.