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The Image Recognition Revolution

The trouble with computers is that before they can do anything, they must be taught every small task involved in performing the larger one. For example, before a computer can learn to identify an image it must first learn to see. Once it learns to see, it must learn how to tell one object from another. Computers fist appeared in World War II, and have only just become to truly become capable of image recognition.

Computer image recognition refers to any program which is designed to teach a computer how to isolate an image in a scene, search for the image in its database, and then report what that image is. The ultimate goal is that a compute should be able to be asked “is there a dog,” and the program will identify all possible variants of dog before wanderings. Looking for dogs has become an industry litmus test for image recognition, but it is not the practical application. One possible use for image recognition is to look for missing persons in security cameras. It may sound like something out of a sci fi movie, but with a program that can identify a face even if the angle is awkward or the hairstyle has changed, the fiction may soon become fact.

Another use is for luggage searches. At airports, searching for explosives and weapons in carry ons is a security must. At present, humans must look for things resembling contraband objects before they get onto the plane. Unfortunately, humans are often wrong. Airport security is littered with false positives and missed security risks. Image recognition can be used to instantaneously search a bag or a person and mark anything that fits the profile of a potentially hazardous item. Once perfected, the software will make traveling significantly safer and make airport security less of a hassle.

Slyce is a leading image recognition company. They have pioneered mobile image recognition technology on smartphones. The company has turned the power of visual searches to the shopping world. Working with retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Tilly’s, Slyce has turned image recognition into profits. Their work has been proved to boost sales by allowing customers to instantly identify and purchase a product as soon as they see it on the street. Slyce uses image recognition to identify what the program is looking at, and then uses further recognition for things like material and accessories to find the exact match.

Texas Wholesaler Goody Goody Introduces Bonn Óir Irish Vodka To Houston And Dallas Forth Worth

As reported on Street Insider

Irish immigrant Philip Joseph O’Shevlin II came to America in 1916 with nothing but his family vodka recipe and sheer determination. O’Shevlin never thought his vodka would be the talk of Texas, but it is. That is what the well-established Texas wholesaler Goody Goody is saying about his Irish-American Vodka. The 49-year-old Dallas Forth Worth wholesaler is rolling out Bonn Óir Gold Medal Vodka to hotels, bars and restaurants in the Houston and Dallas-Forth Worth regions.
Grandson Dan O’Shevlin is carrying on the family tradition using the secret recipe to entice Texans to buy Irish vodka. Bonn Óir Gold Medal Vodka is made from the top-grain of soft white wheat and pure water. That combination delivers a smooth and clean finish. O’Shevlin and Goody Goody say the new state-of-the-art production process maintains the handcrafted nature of the original 19th and 20th-century family brew.
The private equity firm Timber Creek Capital, LP and its primary investor Marc Sparks believes in Bonn Óir Gold Medal Vodka. Timber Creek Capital, LP is financing O’Shevlin’s dream to make his Irish vodka a household name not only in Texas but also across the United States. Timber Creek Capital says it is investing in the Gold medal vodka because it is truly the spirit of the Irish.