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Shopping With Your Phone Camera

When the internet became widely available to the public it completely changed how modern society operated in a multitude of ways. It gave people a way to work from home and send important information via email, created new ways for people to stay in touch with family across the country or meet new friends all around the glob through social media and instant messaging. Another way the internet changed the way society does things is by the creation of online shopping. Websites like Amazon and Ebay made it a hundred times easier to buy gifts for people or yourself, a wide arrangement of departments and key words and bam you had Christmas shopping done for the whole family without having to leave your house. Slyce, a newly popular start up company has taken online shopping one step further and made it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for.

If you’ve ever seen someone wearing something and thought to yourself “I wonder where they bought that from” but didn’t want to walk up to a stranger and ask such a personal question, Slyce has now solved that awkward issue for you. The Image Recognition Startup recently raised $10.75 million dollars in funding which was led by Beacon Securities and included big names such as PI Financial, Salman Partners and Harrington Global. Though it is not the first of its kind, it is definitely the most flexible and non restrictive app out there for the avid shopper.

Amazon Flow has an app that uses image recognition from a picture taken on your phone and then sends you to the item on the Amazon store. Though it’s great for people who mainly shop on its sight it remains restrictive and isn’t for everyone. Its limits also stretch to the picture itself and for it to work correctly the product you take a picture of must be in its original packaging. With Slyce you don’t have any restrictions including the store, brand, or packaging necessary to find what you’re looking for. Slyce uses image recognition in a different light as well and its proven to be more accurate with its results. For example, if you take a picture of a brown leather purse the search engine will return with multiple stores with similar bags, brands and a variety of prices. This way you can find what you’re looking for without having to know the exact brand and for those who don’t want to spend name brand price, it can offer up other replicas at a fraction of the cost.

Slyce isn’t the first to dabble in image recognition on the retail side of things but they are the first to offer such a wide base of search results. Their platform also gives retail shops the ability to look at competitors price’s for their items so they can offer competitive rates to shoppers. Online shopping just got a hundred times easier, with one click of your smartphone you can find everything you’re looking for.

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