I put in some scientific proteins, and it spits out their common fluorescence staining colors:
ZO1 (stain tight-junctions, often blue): https://picular.co/zo1
hN1 (a protein usually stained red or green with GFP or mCherry): https://picular.co/hn1 (see https://www.thermofisher.com/antibody/product/HN1-Antibody-P...)
Searching "heart" at least gives you a red first and majority reds.
It's amusing having a background in software development and this is the first thought I had. (like many here I am sure would) I don't know exactly "why" this works, but knowing that it likely would before trying. (like hitting refresh when your web app barfs)
Someone else suggested cause of the apple logo... and it seems they are likely right. :)
Shows the "holes" in this method.
If you put it in quotes, though, Google gives no results and Picular crashes (500 internal server error from an XHR):
My guess is you're still doing a Google Image search, but when it returns no results, you return something random and cache this query for consistency. Is that about right?.
I would not really call that machine learning, since it's basically an image search engine with a color filter.
I wonder if it's just automatically accepting the spelling suggestion Google provides for searches?
Perhaps custom search displays differing results?
The fact that it works for non existing search results shows that it's ML
If you try linking to https://picular.co/four+letter+words
...some of those four letter words won't return results, even if they do exist. Probably because they (futurememories.se) don't want to associate their product with lewd profanity, if/when people start sharing random links on social media.
Edit: Left a search running for 10 minutes and got some colors.
I tried 'horse' (https://picular.co/horse) and I got some interesting results, some sky and grassy colours as well. Where do you get the photos from, and will searches give the same results every time or do they vary?
pretty neat to search for the planets as well (e.g. https://picular.co/jupiter)
I also like that the favicon changes colors. Nice touch.
One should object, however, that the site returns colors for 'hadron' and 'meson' :).
It might be ordering the results by hue.
Not so vivid:
In the bottom right of each color is a button that reveals the image where the color is sourced from.
EDIT: My "meh" is not bashing on the author or anything, at least they actually made a project, all I've done this past while is browse HN and make half-baked terminal apps. It was more of a let-down because I thought this was a very cool idea and was interested in a sophisticated implementation of it.
Sadly, I couldn't find any playable version of it.
For christmas this seems to be the case.
I wonder what kind of magic is going on under the hood.
I searched naked, expecting skin colors (I was wondering if it would tend to show "white" skin colors instead of a range of skin colors). The results were... strange.
That being said, personally, I would prefer something original instead of "Google, but for colors.". just my two cents.
I do not think it uses any AI/ML, the beauty is in the simplicity of the solution. Awesome!
There are some other sites that do similar searches as well, just can't remember them off the top of my head :)
return "beardyw's house"
But maybe it's just hug of death..
the machine has lots to learn.