Image search poses a relevant technological challenge, not being mastered to the extent that text processing has been. A search engine has definite reasons to develop robust image search and image computation software for the Web is burgeoning with pictorial media.
In the light of the above developments, the recent patent filed by Google for interpreting text from images goes a long way in bringing more relevance to indexing media from the Web. Seo By the Sea mentions several of the applications that such a technology can be put too.
A logical extension from the above technology would be to expect the same on the video side. Having a roster of applications such as Google Earth, Blogs etc under their belt means that Google’s innovations have several segments of the web to focus on. Already, one of the most fascinating features with the text from image technology is the means to pin point the location of a place on Google maps from the image !
Not to forget the great advertising value such technology brings to Google. More data images translates into more relevantly targeting ads around images and also a better pitch to get marketers to be more involved with online advertising.
The research also goes to prove that there’s a lot of room for innovation on the purely technological side of the Web. Its all about the content and there’s a lot waiting to happen to make content more accessible and indexable and in the end more retrievable.