Some of you may be familiar with Google Goggles and this isn’t to be confused with Google Glass it’s actually a reverse image search app which I have found to be very useful, both on purpose and by accident!
I’m a big fan of Google Apps, I’ve got an android phone and use a lot of the apps pictured above on a regular basis.
The Goggles App is as I previously mentioned a reverse image app, which means you take a picture of something or import a picture and Google searches for similar images and tells you what it is and provides links to resources which may be useful.
I’ve managed to identify obscure logos of items in selling as well as patterns on high end wallpaper using the app and managed to write clearer item descriptions because of this.
A curious feature of the app is to have it automatically scan every photo you take and run it through the Google search engine and alert you to anything interesting. Now depending what you’re taking pictures of you may or may not want to have this feature turned on as the thought of the big G having access to your photos may well be too Big Brother for you but I don’t really mind and like I said the app recently made me £70, so I’ll be leaving it on!
I was going through a box lot I bought at auction years ago which has been sat in the garage ever since. I picked the more interesting items out and listed them and found a Vase wrapped up in an old cloth, or so I thought.
The cloth turned out to have a design on it with a Woodpecker in a tree and while I didn’t think it particularly nice myself, I thought I would list it anyway.
So I opened up the eBay app and cracked on with the listing of “Vintage Woodpecker Wall Hanging” or something similarly obscure. Then it came to taking the pictures and I did so as I usually do with the eBay app.
Then a curious thing happened, a Google Goggles notification popped up in my task bar and good me that it recognised something!
As you can see in the image it names the piece as The Woodpecker by William Morris. This is supplemented by a screen with results on.
Clicking on them opens the results. Now armed with the knowledge of what the thing was I searched eBay and found one currently for sale fur £82!
After getting a bit excited that the “cloth” that I thought was worthless was actually worth quite a bit! So I checked the completed listings and was even more pleasantly surprised!
Similar items were selling for quite a bit and so using the information I now had from the eBay Listings I was able to craft a much better description of my own and listed mine as buy it now with best offer for £112.
I set the listing off and got a few watchers straight away, then I got an offer fur £70 after a week or so of going live. An offer I was only too happy to accept!
So I became £70 richer because I had Google Goggles installed! If you haven’t already got it and want to try it out you can get it in the play store if you have an Android phone and the app store on iPhone.
Try it for yourself on items you’re not sure about and you could add extra pounds to your pocket!