PicLens Steps up a Notch



You know when you have one of those real “Oh My God” moments (hat tip Dave Wallace).

These days on the web it’s not very often for me at least. I seem to have seen most of it before in real life or in some other forms on the web. Well maybe I have been living in a cave or something, but the Cooliris browser extension PicLens seems to have stepped up a notch since I last had a look a little over 12 months ago.

Piclens allows you to visually search on nominated sites for images, product images or video and display them in a perspective 3D wall, that can be zoomed left and right and focused on a item as well without clicking.   When I looked at it previously it was unstable and only did a single image with scroll bar of thumbnails at the bottom, not very exciting at all.

Well now the interface has transformed. It’s intuitive, easy to use, it makes finding information via the visualisation presented very easy.

The one limitation is that there are only a handful of sites can be search on. But think of it, if this was rolled out across all the online shops, media blogs, art collectives (hint Red Bubble), publishers, stockphoto sites and photo galleries this could transform the web. Change the way we interact. It’s taken the boring flat web page and collected the visuals and condensed it into the immediate results.

Go try it, primarily it’s for Firefox, but there are other browsers supported. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

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  1. You got me all fired up to try it out… then it bluescreened my poor little Tablet… ROFL. I think that’s the second time I’ve ever had that happen.

    Needless to say I uninstalled without trying it again 🙂

  2. @kay – yeah a word of warning it is graphics and ram intensive and you may need the latest and greatest in Browsers and OS (OS 10.5 or Vista) to get this baby to run.

    But the difference in being able to locate things visually is just fantastic. After all we are visual people.

  3. Heh, this WAS a Vista machine, a little champion at everything else too, AND Firefox 3. I think I’ll pass 🙂

  4. Hi Gary,

    Thank you for posting about PicLens! We truly appreciate it. We’re delighted to hear that you are enjoying PicLens 1.7.

    We are definitely looking to partner with more sites to enable PicLens. The number of enabled sites grows daily!

    @Kay: The bluescreen issue is probably not PicLens hurting your laptop. Rather some graphics cards cannot display the PicLens interface, which causes the computer to bluescreen. If you would like our tech team to look into your problem, feel free to contact bugs@cooliris.com. We hope you’ll have the chance to enjoy PicLens!

    For interested readers, please check out http://piclens.com/demo/ and http://blog.cooliris.com to learn more.

    Thanks again,
    Luna and The Cooliris Team

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