Search for Products or Designs Using Just an Image

Press Release ( - West Lafayette, Indiana - Apr 07, 2016 - After 13 years of supplying the US Department of Defense, Imaginestics, LLC, creator of the VizSeek visual search software, is taking its unique technology to the manufacturing sector.

VizSeek, known as visual search software, allows manufacturers and distributors to find prints, drawings, images and 3D models stored in a secure database using an image or even a hand sketch, just as text is used to search for words in a typical search.

“Our clients report this can cut the part design time from days to hours.”

Jamie Tan, Ph.D., CEO

“There are many applications,” said company co-founder Jamie Tan, who received his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT.  “For example, sometimes an engineer just needs to find a print or an engineering model, and rather than spend hours trying to find it by name, you can simply upload an image of the part.  VizSeek will find the print in your database, or at least narrow the search so you can quickly find it,” he said.

“This type of search creates speed-to-market for design re-use, meaning you can start an engineering design based on an existing part rather than starting from scratch,” Tan continued.  “Our clients report this can cut the part design time from days to hours.”

“In the aftermarket, VizSeek helps suppliers find replacement parts quickly, using just a photo or drawing of the part, which helps people overcome language and terminology barriers to find an exact match,” he said.

In addition to industrial parts, the visual search software has proven highly effective in using a photo to find ceramic tiles and fabrics.  These are items that have distinctive patterns and colors, yet can be very difficult to describe.

Imaginestics, LLC is based in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.  The company recently began introducing its visual search software to manufacturers and quickly reached agreements with clients in the US and China.  German, Korean and Japanese companies have also expressed interest and Imaginestics is preparing for significant growth in 2016.

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