May 20, 2016 | Written by: Alyssa Simpson
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A unified vision API
Since AlchemyAPI joined IBM Watson in 2015 , our goal has been to maintain a platform as unified and efficient as possible for all of our users. Today, we have merged the AlchemyVision capabilities with the Visual Recognition service capabilities for a unified Watson Visual Recognition API.
Combined visual recognition capabilities
Multi-class training comes to Visual Recognition
Our team has been hard at work brainstorming and building new capabilities for Visual Recognition. In addition to keeping existing features, the unified Visual Recognition will introduce multi-class training, improved algorithm accuracy, and faster performance.
With multi-class training and the ability to train for multiple custom visual classifiers at once, users will be able to identify and attribute images to more than two classes at a time, opening up possibilities to adapt Watson to a broader range of image recognition challenges.
Visual recognition tackles global challenges
We love our customers who are already using Visual Recognition for fun and games. Some of our clients are solving pressing environmental and industry issues. Here are a few examples we’re excited to share!
OmniEarth uses Watson Visual Recognition to help California’s water districts
Water conservation is a top concern in drought-stricken California. At the beginning of 2014, the governor declared a state of emergency because the dire situation was affecting quality of life, agriculture and business. The state’s water districts needed a firm grasp of water usage patterns, where water was being overused, how much water could be saved, and where to target consumer outreach and education efforts. OmniEarth is helping local governments in California analyze aerial images to monitor water consumption on each parcel of land across the state. Using IBM Watson Visual Recognition, OmniEarth adopted a cognitive visual solution that identifies topographical features in images, giving water districts insight into dynamic patterns of water consumption and weather.
Dory app wins Fishackathon NYC using Watson Visual Recognition
Seafood fraud is a global issue affecting everyday consumers, disrupting the global fish market, compromising the health of the marine ecosystem, threatening endangered species, and much more. A local team won the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fishackathon NYC using Watson Visual Recognition to help with responsible and sustainable fishing practices by identifying mystery seafood. Read more.
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