Story image

Samsung & Trade Me offer AI-powered shopping

14 Feb 2019

So you want to buy a mug that looks like your coworker’s quirky one that sits in your office; or maybe you want to find a pair of shoes like the ones you already have. 

That can be a mission at times, but AI technology is starting to lend a helping hand, with more retailers’ apps allowing you to take a photo of an item and send it to them so it can make a similar suggestion. The Warehouse is one such retailer.

Now Trade Me has jumped on the bandwagon in partnership with Samsung’s Bixby Vision app to launch Trade Me for Bixby Vision – but you need a premium Samsung smartphone to be able to use it. Those smartphones include the Galaxy Note9, Note8, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, and even the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab 10.5” tablets.

This, Trade Me says, is a ‘glimpse into the future of shopping’.

Trade Me’s head of Mobile Nick Parfene adds that smartphone cameras are used for so many things that it seemed like a natural evolution to incorporate it into online shopping.

“Each week we see over 20 million searches from Kiwis using Samsung devices and now these users can ‘point and shop’ with their smartphone camera. This is the first step for us and we’re excited to be offering Samsung users a first glimpse into what shopping online will be like in the future.”

Essentially, Bixby Vision is able to analyse images on Samsung devices and send them to Trade Me. With a bit of machine learning magic, Trade Me is able to find similar products based on the category, keyword and, in some instances, colour. Search results are shown instantly, straight from the camera app.

Samsung New Zealand’s head of mobile product Todd Selwyn believes Kiwis are always looking for more convenient and fulfilling shopping experiences.

“Trade Me is one of the most popular local apps downloaded by our customers and Samsung is always looking for ways to push the boundaries in mobile technology.”

“The camera is the most used feature on the smartphone, and by integrating Samsung’s Bixby Vision with Trade Me’s image search function, we’re providing Kiwis with a new way to shop and find inspiration online,” Selwyn continues.

He says Samsung is excited about the possibility of developing more applications for its AI-enabled smartphones in the future.

Trade Me for Bixby Vision is now available to download on Samsung premium smartphones, including the Galaxy Note9, Note8, S9, S9+, S8, S8+, and even the Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Tab 10.5” tablets.

To download, launch the camera on your applicable Samsung smartphone, touch the Bixby Vision icon, then scroll through the icon bar to find ‘Downloads’, and select ‘Trade Me’.

Samsung & Trade Me offer AI-powered shopping
The smartphone camera & AI-powered tech, Trade Me says, is a ‘glimpse into the future of shopping’.
Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a prequel to BioWare's Anthem
You may remember Neill Blomkamp’s name from such films as District 9, Chappie, and Elysium. If you’ve seen any of those films, the short teaser trailer will seem somewhat familiar to you.
Security flaw in Xiaomi electric scooters could have deadly consequences
An attacker could target a rider, and then cause the scooter to suddenly brake or accelerate.
617 million stolen records up for sale on dark web
It may not be the first time the databases have been offered for sale.
IBM’s Project Debater unable to out-debate human
At this incredible display of technology, the result was remarkably close but the human managed to pip the machine in this instance.
LPL to broadcast weekly programming on Sky Sports
Let’s Play Live (LPL) has now announced it will broadcast weekly programming for the rest of 2019 on the Sky Sports channel from Sky TV. 
When hackers get the munchies, they just steal McDonalds
What happens when hackers get the munchies? Apparently in Canada, they decide to put their ‘hamburglar’ gloves on and go after unwitting people who happen to use the McDonalds app.
The smart home tech that will be huge in 2019
For millennial home buyers, a generation for whom technology has been ever-present, smart systems are the features they value above everything else.