Jamie Thomson

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Live Mesh wishlist: Media searchability

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I see there is a search box on Live Mesh’s Live Desktop right now that is currently greyed out but I guess its safe to assume that at some point Live Mesh will be indexing all of the stuff in our Mesh so that we can search it.

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As I said in my blog entry Evernote – Your memory downloaded I’m a big fan of Evernote because of its ability to find text within pictures and then index it for searchability. Imagine knowing that you had a photo of the Hollywood sign but you don’t know where the photo is – Evernote would be able to pick out the word "Hollywood" from inside the photo and any search on "hollywood" would return that photo.

Now imagine that that photo was somewhere in your Mesh and we had the same searchability within Mesh itself rather than going out to Evernote. That would be killer.

And why stop at text? Some day some boffin somewhere will work out a way for computers to listen to speech or watch videos and know what they are about – being able to search on the contents of all our media would be amazing.

Naturally we should be able to search the contents of our Mesh from Live Search as well as I already suggested in Mesh’s hidden agenda.

It would need some huge data centres to store all the indexes but hey – Microsoft are already building them.

-Jamie

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Written by Jamiet

August 31, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Posted in Live Mesh

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  1. Microsoft OneNote also has the ability to index text in photos.  OneNote is a terrific app that also has a Windows Mobile client.  I use OneNote for a multitude of things, including keeping track of my family medications. I sync it to my phone and, while at the doctor’s office, I can pull up the history as well as medication information like dosage, when it was prescribed, etc.  The OCR capability is fantastic.  I am hoping that Microsoft ‘meshifies’ Office.  OneNote already syncs nicely, imagine if they made it Mesh aware.
    Evernote 2.2 had nice OCR as well.  Both Evernote 2.2 and OneNote 2007 are especially useful with tablet PC’s.  I’d love to have a nice tablet PC running Vista and OneNote 2007 or EverNote 2.2

    George

    September 1, 2008 at 12:41 am

  2. Oh and Warner Bros new online video store allows you to search its videos for dialogue.  For example, you could search for "Daily Planet" and you’d get back all the episodes and time codes when that phrase is mentioned.  It’s done with a search engine too (ie. it actually searches the videos, and not some script uploaded alongside). Smart.

    Ali

    September 1, 2008 at 9:17 am


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