This week, Google announced the launch of Cloud Vision, the company’s image recognition technology, making it available to developers. The API is currently available in limited preview using the Google Cloud Platform.
Google’s image recognition technology is one of the strongest around, applicable to many domains that include optical character recognition (OCR), face detection, and object recognition.
Google previously made Prediction API available without image support. With the launch of Cloud Vision, Google joins a public cloud service market led by Amazon’s Web Services and Microsoft’s Project Oxford.
In the press release, Google Product Manager Ram Ramanathan said, “Advances in machine learning, powered by platforms like TensorFlow, have enabled models that can learn and predict the content of an image. Our limited preview of Cloud Vision API encapsulates these sophisticated models as an easy-to-use REST API.”
Developers can sign up for the limited preview here.
According to Google, the following set of Google Cloud Vision API features can be applied in any combination on an image: