We have all used search engines. You enter some text. You click the search button. The search engine queries its pre-indexed set of content and returns a list of results that match the text. This works great for documents and even images that have text associated with them. We have even shown that it works well for design data via our Content Search Alpha available on Autodesk Labs.
But what do you do if you are at a loss for words? What do you do if you have an idea as to what something should look like but do not know much else about it? Fear not. Autodesk Labs is happy to announce a technology preview of
Using this technology preview, you create a rough sketch. You click the search button. The search engine queries its pre-indexed set of content and returns a list of results that resemble the sketch. This works great for 2D and 3D design data - much like a compass that shows you the way. Instead of sketching, you can even load one of your own 2D designs, 3D designs, or images and search for other designs that are similar.
So please give it a try and tell us what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org. Exploring new ways to locate design data is alive in the lab.