Tesco Finder – The Top 100 Searched Products

I’m a big fancier of statistics, me, so I thought I’d treat you to the most popular search for products from our Tesco Finder app for iPhone/iPod Touch! All search requests are entirely anonymous and we throw away the server logs after 24 hours, but the database keeps a note of the actual search text, […]

Tesco Wine Finder on ‘front page’ of iTunes App Store

A delighted Steve Semenzato, CEO of Cortexica the company whose visual search system runs Tesco Wine Finder, has emailed me to let me know that the app is now on the front page of the iTunes (UK) App Store in the ‘New and Noteworthy’ section. I’ve just checked and so it is! Click on the […]

Seasons Greetings and thank you

May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family Yuletide Greetings. I also wish to thank you for helping make this blog a success; I’m glad that you’re interested in what we’re doing here at Tesco.com. Thank you to the many of you who email me with your feedback, thoughts and ideas. I […]

Taking visual search to the next three stages

Whilst it’s great to see that Tesco Wine Finder has had a positive reception across the web, some more wiley readers have emailed me as they see into my thinking about the potential of automated object recognition of the sort that Cortexica Vision Systems have built for us. So rather than remain implicit, I’ll state […]

The web is a visual medium, so what are blind people doing on it?

“I mean, all that text and pictures and stuff. Not much cop if you can’t see it, I really don’t know why blind people bother, really I don’t!”, I thought. It was 1999, and I had just come off the phone to a very pleasant woman called Julie Howell from the Royal National Institute for […]

Pack up your radio towers, the Broadcast Era is nearly over!

I’m just back from a nice holiday away in Republic of Ireland visiting friends and relatives, enjoying Irish hospitality, buying Christmas presents and being blown about by 50mph winds. The things I do for a delicious Dublin-brewed Guinness! Listening to local radio is great but there are a couple of UK stations I miss when […]