Tineye is a software firm that rolled out a reverse image search engine. Unlike a conventional text-based search engine, where the user requests a search for web-pages with a particular string of text, tineye users supply the search engine with an image, and it returns web-pages with a version of that image.
Tineye doesn't just provide web-pages with exact matches of the image in question. It can recognize images that are cropped, images that are of different resolution, images that have been altered.
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- William Mougayar. Stroll on the East side of Toronto, with TinEye, Hailo and Vanhawks, Startup management, 2014-08-26. Retrieved on 2022-05-23. mirror
- Dave Zarum. Google launches “new” reverse-image search engine—three years after a Toronto tech company did it first, Toronto Life, 2011-06-17. Retrieved on 2022-05-23. “Three years ago, Leila Boujnane’s Idée Inc. developed an oh-so-cool reverse-image search engine called TinEye.”
- Matt Hartley. Google muscles in on Canadian startup, Financial Post, 2011-06-14. Retrieved on 2022-05-23. “As the creator of TinEye — a reverse-image search technology that allows users to figure out where a photo came from, how it is used and whether modified versions of it exist anywhere on the Web — she had a feeling Google would one day add similar functionalities to its flagship search engine.”