Build unique visual recognition apps with Watson: 4 easy ways to get started
By Susan C. Daffron | 2 minute read | April 28, 2017
– You can use the Watson Visual Recognition API service in your apps to understand the contents of images.
– You can even train Watson to recognize specialized image content that relates to a particular industry.
– Watson offers videos, tutorials, demos, technical documentation and guides to help you get started.
You can use the IBM Watson Visual Recognition API service in your apps to understand the contents of images, such as faces. You can even train Watson to recognize specialized image content that relates to a particular industry. Right now, Visual Recognition is helping geoinformatics company OmniEarth combat drought in California, social media analytics firm iTrend analyze unstructured social media data and fashion designer Jason Grech understand fashion trends.
At the Watson Visual Recognition home page, you can find out more about the API, try a demonstration, and go through links to helpful information. People learn in different ways, so here’s a list of resources you can use no matter what your preferred learning style may be.
1. Documentation for linguistic learners
The Watson APIs have extensive documentation to help you start using the Watson services and set up your environment on the IBM cloud platform. In the Visual Recognition section, you’ll find tutorials and extensive documentation:
- Getting started with Visual Recognition
- Tutorial: Creating a custom classifier
- A complete API reference
2. Diagrams and code examples for visual learners
To get a visual overview of the architecture and use cases that show you how you might use the Visual Recognition API, check out the Visual Recognition Overview page. You also can:
- Run through the demonstration of the BluePic application, which lets you share photos with other BluePic users. The app uses a Kitura-based server application written in Swift in a mobile iOS application.
- Read this blog post about how you can create custom classifiers to train the Visual Recognition service to recognize specific content within your images and get sample code.
3. Videos and webinars for aural learners
If you like to learn by listening, the Building With Watson series is a great resource for techniques on how to get the most from Watson. For Visual Recognition, check out these webinars and videos:
- Building with Watson webinar: “Custom Image Classifier with Visual Recognition.”
- View a video introduction about how Visual Recognition works.
- A video that shows you to how to teach Visual Recognition to recognize superheroes
- A video that shows you how to use the Visual Recognition service to classify dog breeds.
4. Sample applications and API Explorer for physical learners
When you want to get down into the code, check out these resources:
- Use the Visual Recognition Explorer to test calls to the API, for the collections and custom classifiers methods. (Note that you must provide the API key from your Bluemix service instance.)
- Create custom classifiers using the new Visual Recognition tool in a web app.
- See more sample apps with code on the Starter Kits page.
Find answers to all your “Visual Recognition” questions
As you’re learning and experimenting with Visual Recognition, if you run into questions or have comments, you can share them in our developerWorks forums. For more answers, you can check out these developer communities as well:
- The Watson forums on Stack Overflow.
- The Watson forum on dW Answers.
Ready to get started? Try it out on Bluemix now.
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