We're using neural networks and image recognition to do so many things these days, why not find light bulbs? Finding lightbulbs seemed just like the kind of task it would be useful to train a computer to do. When I interned at a lighting company, people often came in with a bulb in a ziplock bag, asking what it was--if only there could be a faster, more convenient way than traveling to a store to ask a sales associate!
Now there is. Whatsthatbulb is powered by a neural network trained on over thirty different categories of light bulbs, and that's growing all the time. Every time someone submits a photo of a bulb, it gets added to our database, providing more valuable training data, and helping us get smarter at identifying more lightbubs even more accurately.
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