Anyone who have ever used Google Image Search knows that there are two ways to search for images. One way is to type in keywords and it will pull up images related to those keywords. The other way is to upload an image you want more information on and Google will search for it in it’s vast database of images and information. ArtBit is more like the latter of these services, it’s an image scan for works of art. Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it!
User Interface and Functionality
When the app first loads it shows a title screen and then takes users into the Art Near By screen. This screen shows you all the images people who are also using the app, and who are near your location, have snapped and uploaded to the ArtBit databases. If there aren’t any near you they will also tell you that as well. At the bottom of the screen are three icons:
One for “My Snaps” which takes you to a page that shows a list of all the art you have scanned so far. This list is broken up into “My Likes, My Uploads (images you scanned but weren’t found, that you uploaded), and All images.
The second icon is the “SNAP” button icon. This button takes users to a camera style screen. This screen is where all the magic happens. Users can point their phone at a painting, tap the snap button and the app scans the image. If it recognizes the painting or piece of art as one it has seen before it will tell you this and show you some awesome information about it. At my house I don’t have many works of art that aren’t Disney based. When I tried scanning those none of them were recognized. I then went to Google and searched for famous paintings. I found a bunch in the image search and scanned those on my computer screen with the browser in “FullScreen” mode. This worked perfectly as I was able to get the app the recognize several famous paintings. I learned a little bit about each artist and about the history of the paintings I found. It was a great experience and very educational. That is why I put this app in the Education Apps category. I feel like people can really learn something by using this app on a daily basis and maybe gain a finer appreciation for works of art.
The last button simply returns users to the “Near By” screen where you can see all the works of art found by other users near to where you are currently located. It’s a nice feature that can help you find great works of art and possibly meet other art lovers in the process. Ya never know you might find your soulmate who also loves art from this app who knows???
I have to say that this app was really great. It worked exactly as I expected and I was definitely educated on the paintings I found and somewhat entertained by using the app. I highly recommend this app for anyone into art, painting, or just gaining more knowledge.