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18 November 2009

Google Image Swirl

Google Labs has released a new image search page.  It's called  Image Swirl, and it  builds on new computer vision research to cluster similar images into representative groups in a novel, exploratory interface. It's a picture version of Wonder Wheel Search Tool.

Enter a search term, and click Search Images. (Because this is still a trial, some keywords are not searchable. Be patient). I searched for images of the word "color".

Once you find the group of images you're interested in, you can click on the thumbnail and a cluster of images will "swirl" into view. For example, here's what you'll see if you click the image in the top row, second from the right.

Mouse over one of the results, and you will see a link to a new page which contains the image. When you click on it, you're taken to the page.

Go to Image Swirl, and try it out.  It gives you a new way to relate images, and refine search terms.