Macroglossa – The Visual Search Engine

This press release has been provided by our friends over at Macroglossa. They’ve recently released the alpha version of their visual search engine. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

On March 23, 2010 the alpha version of MACROGLOSSA, a project of the independent group MVE, was released.

Have you ever received an image in which you could not determine the content? If you have, you know that trying to figure out what a picture is of can be a pretty time consuming task. Search after search in a typical search engine will take you at least a few minutes before you figure out what you are looking at. Well Macroglossa has attempted to solve this problem. You simply select an image file form your computer, run it through their reverse image search, and receive a list results. All results contain both the content of the image (in English) as well as other images of the same or similar content.

MACROGLOSSA is a search engine based on the comparison of images. The operation is simple:
Have you taken a picture of something you could not identify? Maybe you’re not sure what animal is contained in the image? In order to learn more about the content of your image, you can simply upload the image file to MACROGLOSSA and begin your search.

MACROGLOSSA wants to push the limits of the Web, giving users an alternative way to achieve many research goals.

Engine Comparer Technology compares your image with other images available on the web. It looks for similarities
and / or matches, giving the results page for visual references, accompanied by a link to the site on which the image was found.

The software is still in its alpha stage and currently the only working category is: animals.

Currently the search results are not as accurate as they will be in the future, so don’t be too surprised if your results contain images from a different category than you intended.

The search time could be quite long because the engine is running a series of real-time controls to make sure that the results are as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Our aim is to increase the speed of calculation, the precision, the number of images and categories of comparative research for the next release. ( We plan to release a new version at the end of April). Additionally, we hope to release the iphone app within the first week of June.

For notices, proposals and recommendations on the project, please write to :
[email protected] or comment on the site below.

All future updates and improvements to the engine will be made available on our
Twitter Channel:



Search Engine Guide | Using Internet Searches

Yeah, yeah google is the ultimate search engine that finds everything you need in one click, but have you explored other options that may actually find your answer faster?

1. – Take any sort of mathematical statement, or question, or even trends between two items such as stocks, seal population growth versus chickens, or anything in between, Wolfram Alpha is a great tool that can find answers fast! Need to find out if the CN Tower is taller than the Empire State Building? It will tell you Yes and by how much. Need to find a derivative? Plug in the equation and you’ve got it. It is the search engine for straight answers and everything else you need to know about it. – including the time the sun rose on your birthday. Check it out!

2. Google Image Search – Okay, so this is part of Google, but do you know of all the sub-searches available for images? Say you want to find a picture of an apple, but may be you want a blue apple for some strange reason. Choose search options, colour, and boom! Blue apple.

– Image search also has various other search specific fields such as a clipart versus a photo for that slideshow you’ve been working on or even a facial recognition search.

3. – Skreemr is possibly the largest audio search engine offering over 6 million links to DRM free music. Skreemr allows you to listen to music right away in podcast style making it much easier than going out and buying music, downloading off P2P networks, or trying to find official youtube videos without getting Rick Roll’d.