Have you ever been shopping for a particular clothing item, but wondered if you could find it somewhere else?
A UMBC student created a website and an iPhone app to solve this problem. Adrian Rosebrock's Chic Engine website indexes other articles of clothing available online, so you can see what colors and styles are available at different stores.
Currently, the site pulls primarily from listings on Amazon, but Rosebrock said he is working to add more local stores and high-end boutiques.
"I always hear people saying, 'Where did you get that shirt?' ... This is the answer to that," he said.
You can upload a photo to the site or the iPhone app and the site will search to find a similar item. The site searches men's shirts, women's shirts and women's dresses.
Rosebrock, who is a Ph.D. student at UMBC in computer science, started working on the website a year ago and it went live in March. So far, the iPhone app has been downloaded 200 times, he said.
Rosebrock currently lives in Catonsville and is looking to expand the website selection and search functionality. His company, Shiftybits LLC, was just awarded a contract with the National Cancer Institute related to breast cancer.