The auction site is using AI recognition technology to help shoppers easily find products similar to those in photos they've pulled from social platforms, launching soon

Long-standing auction site eBay is updating its search engine to include even more advanced image searching. The platform already uses image searching in two different capacities, and soon, through the eBay app, will provide shoppers with the Find It On eBay feature, allowing them to use photos shared from social media platforms and different browsers to find what they seek.

While the Image Search feature allows for point-and-click photos to be loaded straight to the search bar, the new drag and drop image searching technology allows shoppers to use the engine powered by artificial intelligence to generate pages of sales based on the image. The AI processes the image through learning networks to distill it into a vector representation, which is then compared to items in eBay’s stores.

Instead of having shoppers scroll through page after page of auctions, eBay aims to cut down time spent looking and simplify finding exactly what its customers want, transforming the process into a quick image search.

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Long-standing auction site eBay is updating its search engine to include even more advanced image searching. The platform already uses image searching in two different capacities, and soon, through the eBay app, will provide shoppers with the Find It On eBay feature, allowing them to use photos shared from social media platforms and different browsers to find what they seek.

While the Image Search feature allows for point-and-click photos to be loaded straight to the search bar, the new drag and drop image searching technology allows shoppers to use the engine powered by artificial intelligence to generate pages of sales based on the image. The AI processes the image through learning networks to distill it into a vector representation, which is then compared to items in eBay’s stores.