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Facebook acquires virtual search start-up to grow its AI

Agency | February 09, 2019 11:43 AM

SAN FRANCISCO:  In an attempt to enable users shop better using Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, Facebook has acquired US-based virtual search start-up, GrokStyle, at an undisclosed amount.

"We are excited to welcome GrokStyle to Facebook. Their team and technology will contribute to our AI capabilities," CNET quoted Facebook spokeswoman, Vanessa Chan as saying on Friday.

The basic idea is to allow users to match a piece of furniture or a light fixture in an image to visually find similar ones in stock at stores, TechCrunch reported.

"Today, we are excited to share that we are moving on as a team and we will continue using our AI to build great visual search experiences for retail," GrokStyle wrote in a blog-post.

GrokStyle also noted on its LinkedIn page that it has been acquired by Facebook.

Based in San Francisco, the start-up was founded in 2015.

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