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Sketch and shop

Scientists have designed a programme that could help consumers shop efficiently onlineby recognising sketches. Pioneered by scientists from Queen Mary University of London, the programme recognises a sketch like sketches of a pair of shoes or piece of furniture – which are drawn directly by hand on a touch-screen using a sophisticated image retrieval system. The top 10 retrieval accuracy is close to 100 per cent. “What is great about our system is the user does not have to be an artist for the sketch to be accurate,” said co-developer Dr Yi-Zhe Song.

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