I’ve always believed that some of the best ideas for security can be found in nature. Death and sex, for example, hold essential lessons for systems survivability. The latest example of this type I’ve encountered is Cortexica’s new WineFindr visual search system, an iPhone app inspired by the design of the human eye.
The technology is based on research carried out at Imperial College London, which reverse engineered how the human visual system works. The result is a cortical key-point based image recognition technology that can recognise images with varying orientation, lighting conditions or geometric distortion.
The current application reads wine bottle labels and conducts an automated price comparison. It’s a useful iPhone app in itself, which no shopper should be without. But the underlying technology is the real star.