Bing launches Visual Search at TechCrunch 50

Today at the TechCrunch 50 conference, Microsoft Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi announced a new feature for Bing: Visual Search.

7444.bingdogbreeds_thumb_5edc409f Bing

As of this writing, the new search isn’t available yet, but is supposed to be live in beta today  Looks like it just went live.  Erick Shoenfield at TechCrunch describes the experience:

For instance, if you type in “dog breeds,” it organizes them for you in a grid of images that you can scroll through using a slider on the right. When you hover over a particular image, it enters the name of that dog breed in the search box. And you can re-order the image results by size, breed, exercise needs, and Bing popularity.

Searches are limited to a set list of categories, coming from a number of sources, including MSN.  Sources can be found at the bottom right hand corner of the specific gallery page.

There is quite a list of categories, which will continue to grow and expand.  Here’s some highlights:

  • Entertainment
    • Film legends
    • Greatest movies
    • Popular books
    • Popular celebrities
  • Famous People
    • FBI’s most wanted
    • US Politicians
    • World leaders
  • Reference
    • Dog breeds
    • Periodic table
    • Yoga poses
  • Shopping
    • Cell phones
    • HDTVs
    • New Cars
  • Sports
    • NASCAR drivers
    • NBA players

These are just a sampling of the categories available at launch

The Bing Blog has more on Visual Search