The giant auction site eBay has just launched a new furniture department called eBay Collective, and has its own visual search engine and AI features available.
eBay’s new enterprise site, eBay Collective is specifically designed for furniture and other complementary products for the home. The site features items like fine art, antiques, contemporary art and other unique design elements.
Officially announced earlier, the visual search engine Corrigon was purchased by the company for just under $30 million. The visual search engine has been in use in the Collective section frequently and actively in “Shop the Room” feature. It allows you to hover over an image, and then the search engine will search throughout eBay’s depot to find the items that are similar.
Depending on how the marketplace uses the new technology, the acquisition of visual search engine can help users to find their exact searches. This visual search technology was developed to assist users both find and identify an object within a bigger image.
There’s another feature in eBay Collective called “Get the Look”, which serves Artificial Intelligence technology to its users. It scans listings to find similar products and objects in the room. Users hover over annotated and purchasable photographs to find close to what’s in the frame.
eBay describes Collective as a ‘bespoke experience’. The company is also syndicating content from Architectural Digest to further fill the site with information about decorating, shopping and other industry events.