The Rise of the Visual Search Engine

Search engines are plentiful, and every search provider is doing their best to provide people the most convenient way to search for anything they want. With the advent of smartphone cameras, visual and image searching has been developing by leaps and bounds. People want to know what they’re looking at, and they want to know how to get it. Visual searches are great for people want to compare products at stores or look up details about a historical monument.

Currently, there are two ways to search for an image, either by uploading an old image or by taking a picture of it. When searching with a picture, image search engines only find what’s visually similar. This means the result could have the same shape and color, but could be a completely different object. Another method engines use to search a visual detail are the metatags attached to the image. Every picture has metatags in them that detail a keyword, location or even a name. Although, this tends to be lackluster as well.

The other method, taking a picture, has improved visual search technology within the past few years. Since pictures taken with phones are brand new, they have no prior image on the internet nor do they have the appropriate metatags. So instead, smartphones upload the image to a central database where it’s scrutinized until it comes close to a match, similar to the other method. This involves matching the new picture with numerous pictures already on the net, and thus results may vary.

With this growing technology, visual search is improving everyday to be more helpful to people. Slyce, a company that’s spearheading the technology, is an example of that. Slyce aims to develop advanced image recognition technology, so that consumers are able to find what they want. Technology is all about convenience, and Slyce brings that convenience to everyone. Slyce improves the technology by having the image stream to the database where it’s recognized multiple times to provide better accuracy.

With all that in mind, visual searching is growing at an alarming rate, and people will benefit the most from it. Download some apps onto your smartphone to see how visual search can help you.

Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Program Anniversary has News for Man and Canine

Purina’s Baneful dog food is one of Purina’s most popular dog food. It is nutritious and tasty kibble for your favorite pets, your dog. PRNewswire reported Tuesday that the Beneful Dream Dog Program will kick off their fifth-anniversary celebration beginning in June and continuing through the rest of 2015.

Supporters of the program can already find Dream Dog Parks in four cities, Alabaster, Alabama, Johns Creek, Georgia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Prescott, Arizona. These first four Dream Dog Parks are the dreams of four Dream Dog Park Contest grand prize winners who contributed their winnings for their four-legged friends.

The four Dream Parks are equipped with custom features like oversized food obstacles, a one-of-a-kind tree that launches tennis balls for Fido, Beneful’s unique extended Doxie Tunnel and colorful splash pads. The pooches are in Heaven when their owners bring them to a park to play; and the owners get a chance to unwind also.

Beneful knows that dogs and their owners share a special bond and what better way to express that than to share in outside fun and exercise at a Dream Dog park. The Beneful team is supporting fundraising campaigns that will work with neighborhood leaders to bring new dog parks across the country. The Beneful Team is presently overseeing the building of the fifth Dream Dog Park called the Lucas Park Dog Park located in downtown St, Louis.

Beneful wants to play a larger part in creating space for dogs and owners to relax and enjoy life, so the Team is searching to assist organizers of local dog parks. Each park that is chosen will be assisted by Beneful with funding for the park and materials, and the team will also share information on dog park safety. They will also volunteer time in building the park so that each Dream Dog Park will certainly be a dream for all dogs.

Mother and Baby Surviving Five Days in Jungle is Called a Miracle

Miracles happen every day, that’s why it is so wonderful when one is documented and released to the world.

On Wednesday, June 25th, the Columbian Air Force rescued 18 year-old Maria Nelly Murillo Moreno and her baby son Judier from a wreck that occurred five days before. The wreck involved a Cessna 303 that was also carrying fish and coconuts to the town of Quibdó in Argentina. The small plane lost all communication 20 minutes after take-off and never responded to calls from the civil aviation authorities.

Almost immediately, a plane was sent out to scour the dense forest that the Cessna was flying over, but they came back with no report. James Dondero suggested to insidermonkey that it wasn’t until Monday that a helicopter sighted a white dot among the tropical jungle’s foliage, and with planes dispatched to investigate, they found the Cessna 303.

Unfortunately, the pilot was found dead still in his seat at the wreckage site, but the passenger door was open and all hopes were that the young mother and her baby had found safety. Three days later, on Wednesday, the Colombian Air Force found the two young passengers 500m from the wreck in the province of Chocó.

Judier suffered minor burns from the crash, and Maria had minor injuries, but they had survived in the dense jungle alone for five nights. Maria told that two indigenous people helped them, and they ate the cargo that had been left at the plane for food and hydration.

Give the Future a Hand

Medical teams have made numerous advancements when it comes to artificial limbs for patients. One patient just received one the most advanced aesthetics in the history of medicine. The 26 year old was given the bionic hand by the United Kingdom’s Steeper Group which marketed the hand as being the anatomically accurate in the world. The hand gives Nicki Ashwell an unparalleled sense of precision along with natural hand movements. The patient was even able to ride a bike for the first time thanks to her bionic hand. While the group has credited Ashwell with being the first person to benefit from the use of the bionic hand, she certainly won’t be the last. Sensors in the hand detect even the smallest muscle movements from the patient’s arm. Ricardo Tosto finds this pretty interesting.

 

These detections will instruct the 337 mechanical parts of the bionic hand to bend at the users will. The bionic hand also includes 14 styles of grips that imitate natural hand movements that take place in the skeletal system. The mechanics that are used to make the bionic arm can be seen being used in Formula One race cars. Ashwell was born without a right arm and could not believe how many possibilities opened up for her after she received the bionic arm. Even with the bionic hand costing $11,000 Ashwell and other patients believe that the opportunities that they can experience after the procedure are worth every penny.

75 Year Old African American Womans Finds Out She’s Caucasian

There’s a great deal of strange occurrences that happen in our world. But some things are downright shocking. A woman lived her whole life as an African American woman. She acclimated to the customs of this people and related to their lifestyle. At the age of 75, she has now discovered that she isn’t a black woman after all, she’s actually Caucasian. How can something like this even begin to happen, and why didn’t anyone tell her sooner?

It appears that Verda Byrd was adopted out at a very young age. She was adopted by an African American family and identified with them and their customs. However, when she went searching for her birth family, she was surprised to find out that they are both while, or Caucasian, people. This sent the nearly 80 year old woman into a tail spin. Though she states that she will associate with her heritage on one side, she will always identify herself as an African American woman and proud of it.

The foster parents of this child had to know all the specifics before they adopted her. They could have told her, as Qnet points out. I am sure the birth certificate said “Caucasian” too. Why do adoptive parents feel that they need to hide things from children? They always seem to find out the hard way and usually there are hurt feelings to show for it. Byrd is not upset though, she is just happy to have found her lineage after all these years.

Imagine How Much Better the World Could Be

What better way to celebrate your birthday than giving to others? It is a very thoughtful thing to do. This is just what daughter and dad Amelie and Lee Beck did this year for their 32nd and 7th birthdays said Gianfrancesco Genoso. The caring pair lives in Oxford, England and this year they decided to perform 39 random acts of kindness. Amelia is known for being a very giving person and often encourages kindness. When father Lee thought of the idea there were no objections from Amelia! For the course of 2 weeks the performed 39 random acts of kindness throughout Oxford.

The very thoughtful acts included registering to be an organ donor, giving out free bubbles and more. You can see the video and read a full list of the acts as well as learn more about how you can pay it forward on Lee’s Youtube channelhere. There is a saying that it only takes 1 single grain of rice to tip the scale. Can you image if we all tipped a little kindness every day to help bring more laughter and love to the world?

Chris Pratt Lifts Spirits and Hearts at Children’s Hospital

Chris Pratt visited Baton Rouge based Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and, according to all reports, lifted the children’s spirits .

The PR team at Beneful took note as the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy star took time from his busy schedule to visit with sick children at the hospital. With the children acting as the velociraptors Pratt re-created the now iconic scene of his character Owen Grady training them. There is no telling how excited the children may have been to pretend to be dinosaurs with the hero of the film playing along side with them.

In addition to the physical antics with the children Pratt also helped make some smiles for some of the sicker kids at the hospital. He lifted the children’s’ spirits simply by taking the time out to sit by their bedsides. The star also posed for photos with the hospital staff who certainly benefited from the recognition by one of Hollywood’s most charismatic actors.

The former Parks and Recreation comic relief is a hot commodity in Hollywood these days. He has starred in the highest grossing summer movies two years in a row now. His star power has led to rumors that he could be cast as the new Indiana Jones in Disney’s inevitable re-boot of the classic action franchise.

Homeless Man Returns Wallet Containing $400 to Single Mom With Cancer

In State College, Pennsylvania there’s a homeless hero. This man returned a purse that had $400 and a welfare card in it to a single mom who’s struggling to fight off recurring brain cancer. Although he admits that he really struggled with his conscience when he found the wallet on a bench in the park, but he knew he had to do the right thing.

The woman her wallet on the bench after taking a few minutes to relax in the park earlier that day stated Sergio Cortes. When she remembered that she’d forgotten it there, she returned to find it missing. She admits to feeling really devastated. However, what she didn’t realize is that the homeless man had texted Ashton Munoz, assistant director for the Hearts for Homeless shelter, which gives free phones and minutes to those who are staying with them.

Fortunately, it was easy to find the woman who was very relieved when they returned her wallet. The shelter rewarded the homeless man by moving him into a transitional apartment. Neither the man nor the woman wanted identified.

Woman Saves 100 Dogs From Meat Market

A 65-year-old Chinese retiree, Yang Xiaoyun, traveled 1,500 miles and spent $1000 to save 100 dogs from the Yulin City Dog Meat Festival Saturday says Susan Mcgalla on this website. The animal lover owns an animal shelter and did not want to see the dogs hurt in any way.

Every year many dogs and cats are traded during the festival and sold for meat, but this year 100 lucky pups will be making the trip back with Xiaoyun to her sanctuary. The festival continues on despite much public outcry. Public Festival Continues on Despite Demands for Its Closure

Xiaoyun has been rescuing animals since 1995 and has no plans to stop any time soon. She’s being hailed as a hero in both Yulin and in her hometown. She has plans to rescue many more dogs and cats and even wants to open a shelter near the festival grounds, so that she can save many more lives.

Homeless Man Returns Lost Money to Single Mother

With one kind act, a homeless State College, Pennsylvania man became a hero. The man, who declined to be identified by name, found a purse lying forgotten on a park bench. When he checked inside, he discovered an electronic benefits (EBT) card and almost $400 in cash.

After struggling with the temptation to keep the money for himself, the man sent a text message to Ashton Munoz, the assistant director of the Hearts for Homeless shelter, which had provided him with a prepaid cell phone. The homeless man told Munoz about the purse and money and requested that the assistant director come take possession of them.

When Munoz arrived, they discovered that the purse belonged to a struggling single mother who’s currently battling brain cancer for the second time. They were able to return her belongings.

Thanks in part to the homeless man’s selfless act, the Hearts for Homeless organization has settled him into a transitional apartment stated Daily Beast.