I haven’t seen this covered in the ecommerce World, but it is in the startup press. Earlier this week, Amazon acquired the startup Snaptell. Snaptell had a free app for the iPhone and Android that allowed you to take a picture of a random product, have it identified and then price shopped online.
Amazon will continue to “work in innovations in search technologies and enabling visual shopping on a range of mobile devices and platforms,” said a company spokeswoman. “It’s very early days for image recognition based search technology and we believe there is a lot of innovation in visual product search ahead of us.”
If you want to read/learn more here are some resources:
If you want to see snaptell in action, I found this Youtube video embedded after the SeekingAlpha blurb: