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Method and System for Food-Related Reverse Image Search for Restaurant Suggestions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245019D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

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Disclosed is a system for finding a nearby restaurant based on a picture of the food the user desires.

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Method and System for Food-Related Reverse Image Search for Restaurant Suggestions

The novel contribution is a system and method that enables a user to find a nearby restaurant based on an image of food that the user desires. Based on an image of food, the system performs a reverse look-up on a search engine and locates an establishment that serves that food. This idea would be useful for finding food after eating somewhere where you don't speak the language.

Sites like yelp.com list restaurants that have images of the food they serve.

The system performs a similarity search. A similarity search is a lot like a database query. It takes in an image as a query input, looks through a set of previously considered images, and then returns a set of images that it judges are most similar to the query image according to some similarity metric.

The implementation method is as follows:

1. User enters a food-related image and location information 2. System performs a reverse search of the food-related image within an image repository of food images from nearby restaurants
3. System suggests a list of restaurants based on finding similar images

Figure: Process flow