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What is it about:

We have tested the basic features of this application within a comparative analysis of 3 applications of similar purpose.
 

CamFind is a mobile visual search and image recognition application developed by Image Searcher. CamFind allows users to identify any item simply by taking a photo with their Smartphone, providing a range of information and web results to facilitate the purchase of the photographed product. This Application has been downloaded more than 2 million times and has identified more than 50 million images. In the latest versions includes social functions, such as the ability to share favorite images and allows the scoring of images by other users.

You can consult the web of the application in the following link

Forms of acquisition:

 

You can download the Android app at the following link:

                                                                                                               

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You can download the application for IOS at the following link:

                                                                                                              

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Support and warranty

Being a free application the developer does not offer support for the resolution of incidents.

The developer offers the contact address  contact@camfindapp.com

 

Price

The application is free for the full use of all the functionalities

Technical verification:

In the technical verification, we have worked with version 4.1.1 for Android, while one of our volunteers has tried the IOS version with the same characteristics in the section of social validation.

The CamFind application is easily found in GooglePlay and its installation is simple.

 

                                                                                                                           

 

The CamFind application is in a way a commercial evolution of the Taptapsee application analyzed in this comparison.

This application has a more attractive design and a better identification of icons and functionalities, which makes it possible for people with reduced vision to expand the number of users covered by Taptapsee.

Among other things, the fact that the group of people with reduced vision has been taken into account is perceived at the moment when it is not necessary to activate the Talkback or screen reader for voice identification of the objects analyzed. In turn, the letter size of the results is greater.

The organization of functionalities in the menu is clearer, although we miss the translation of the menu into Spanish, a problem that is also latent in its use with a screen reader, where the labels are not translated either, despite having selected Spanish as language of use. It should be noted that the only time the selected language is transformed into Spanish is when the search result is offered.

The application has the following features:

  • Capture function: located in the lower center of the screen, once activated displays a button on the screen with a camera icon that allows you to photograph the object to be identified. In the upper left corner there is an option with the + symbol that allows you to select an image from the gallery of the phone itself for identification with the application.

 

                                                                                                                               

 

  • Stream: View images that other users have shared and rate them with a star or with a heart. In our opinion this functionality does not make much sense since it is only useful for users with total or few reduced vision. To improve this functionality we would suggest that these users value photos that users with null or partial vision publish along with the identification offered by CamFind so that they can offer a second opinion on the identification.

 

                                                                                                                                

 

  • History: This functionality allows access to all the images identified by the application in the terminal in which it is installed so that an analysis can be retrieved.

 

 

  • Settings: allows you to modify some of the basic features of the application, such as activating and deactivating the flash automatically, activating or deactivating voice alerts or language settings (only affects identification results).

 

 

The following images show the process of identifying a yellow highlighter. First, a photograph is taken, then the application takes a time to identify the object and present the result of the identification on the screen and reads the result using the application's voice synthesizer, finally, a third screen related to the commercial functions of the application  attach links to websites where the product can be purchased.

 

                                                                                                       

 

The image identification algorithm of this application is very good, and the waiting times are somewhat smaller than with Taptapsee.

The search functionality of products for purchase in our opinion should be optional for the user who decides to activate it, as in some cases may not be necessary and can make the application generally have a lower usability and greater complexity.

In general the application is highly reliable and has not generated any problems in the course of the tests carried out, we could say that of the 3 applications analyzed is the one that seems to have a greater technological maturity, including certain aspects that Aipoly does not contemplate or at Taptapsee are still to improve.

 

Highlights

  • The quality of image identification combined  with the time used in its identification is the most advanced for the 3 applications.
  • The menus and functionalities are better organized and certain accessibility criteria are contemplated for people with reduced vision.
  • It is the most mature and reliable in technological terms of the 3 applications analyzed in this comparison.

 

Improvement points

  • It is advisable to translate all the menus and functionality of the application into Spanish, both visually and screen reader tags.
  • It is recommended that the online search functionality for the purchase of the identified product can be deactivated so that users who do not want to use it deactivate it.
  • It is advisable to allow the sharing of images with other users with full vision, so that they can check the quality of image identification and provide second opinions.

 

The following table shows a comparison of the technical verification criteria of the 3 applications compared.

 

Comparative of the technical verification criteria
Criteria                     Aipoly vision Taptapsee Camfind
RELIABILITY (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)
SECURITY (4/5) (5/5) (5/5)
USABILITY (3/5) (4/5) (4/5)
FUNCTIONALITY (4/5) (4/5) (5/5)
MATURITY (3/5) (4/5) (4/5)
PORTABILITY (5/5) (5/5) (5/5)
COMPREHENSIBILITY (4/5) (5/5) (4/5)
EASE OF ADQUISITION (5/5) (5/5) (5/5)
EASE OF INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION   (4/5) (4/5) (5/5)
ACCESSIBILITY (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)
CONSUMPTION (3/5) (4/5) (4/5)
PRICE (5/5) (5/5) (5/5)
IMAGE IDENTIFICATION (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)

 

  • Accessibility: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
  • Fiabilidad: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
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  • Seguridad: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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  • Usabilidad: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
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  • Funcionalidad: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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  • Madurez: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
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  • Portabilidad: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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  • Comprensibilidad: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
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  • Facilidad de adquisición: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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  • Facilidad de instalación y configuración: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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  • Consumo: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
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  • Precio: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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  • Valoración genérica 1 VT: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
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Social valuation:

As in the case of the other 2 applications compared, we performed 2 different social validation tests. On the one hand, Andres (user with zero vision) with IPhone IOS terminal and on the other hand Domo (user with reduced vision) with terminal Samsung Android.

                                               

 

Test of IOS version made by Andrés

Andrés, our volunteer specialized in testing products for zero vision, has tested the 3 applications of this comparison and in the following lines, we summarize their experience of use.

Andres performs the installation in a simple way as in the case of the other 2 applications analyzed.

This application has a more commercial functionality, its mission is to offer a series of online purchase and search possibilities for the identified object.

 

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For comparison, the same objects have been identified as with the other 2 applications, the following results are shown:

  • Pen: identified as a wooden table on the first try, and as a blue-ball pen on the second attempt.
  • Mug: identified as brown and white ceramic mug.
  • Paper cup: Identified as a disposable cup in black and white.
  • Chair: identified as white chair.
  • Smartphone Phone: Identified as Samsung Black Smartphone.
  • Mouse: identified as a computer mouse with black HP cable.
  • Water bottle: identified as white surface firstly, second attempt transparent plastic bottle.
  • Keys: identified as silver keys.
  • Wallet: identified as a black leather wallet.
  • Notebook: identified as blue spiral notebook.

 

General impressions:

  • One of the difficulties is that it is difficult to find the option to take another photo after another.
  • This app generally identifies very well, the menu is somewhat less usable, but it learns over time, it is very similar to Taptapsee.
  • The fact that it indicates where you can buy an object is a good functionality for objects unusual or difficult to acquire in local shops.

 

Test on Android made by Domo

Juan Carlos Domonte (Domo) is our volunteer specialized in testing products for people with reduced vision. The area of vision of Domo is very reduced so you can only see something in the central area from near and up.

Domo uses an Android terminal, approaching a lot to be able to visualize the screen. It uses the screen zoom function, and with a Samsung S8 it handles very well.

Domo analyzes the same objects to verify the quality of identification and the functionalities of the application.

  • Pen: identified as blue and white click pen.
  • Mug: firstly identifies only the table, later on identifies a cup of white ceramic.
  • Paper cup: identified as brown and white disposable cup.
  • Chair: identified as white and gray chair.
  • Smartphone phone: identified as black Smartphone Samsung Android.
  • Mouse: identified as computer mouse with black HP cable.
  • Bottle of water: identified as bottle with blue plastic label.
  • Keys: identified as keys.
  • Wallet: Identified as bi-fold black leather wallet.
  • Notebook: identified as blue and black spiral book.

 

Impresiones generales:

  • The identification is good, but it is necessary to focus a lot to get it right.
  • In this case unlike Taptapsee the positive thing is that the application reads the results without talkback activated, which is an advantage for people with reduced vision who do not use talkback.
  • One of the positive aspects of Aipoly is that it allows you to identify several objects in the same image.

 

The following table shows a comparison of the social validation criteria of the 3 applications compared.

 

Comparative of the social validation criteria
Criterios                     Aipoly vision Taptapsee Camfind
USABILIDAD (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)
COSTE (5/5) (5/5) (5/5)
FIABILIDAD (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)
IMPACTO (4/5) (4/5) (5/5)
UTILIDAD (4/5) (4/5) (5/5)
COMPRENSIBILIDAD (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)
ACCESIBILIDAD (4/5) (4/5) (5/5)
IDENTIFICACIÓN DE IMAGEN     (4/5) (4/5) (4/5)

 

  • Impact and utility: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
  • Usability and accessibility: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
  • Ease of acquisition: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
  • Comprensión: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    4
  • Impacto: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
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