Throw away your pens, OCR hits mobiles phones - video

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Los Angeles (CA) - Optical character recognition, the automatic conversion of typed or written text into digital format, has grown up - or more accurately shrunk down to mobile phones. ABBYY has developed an SDK that converts mobile phone pictures into digital text that can then be automatically entered into the phone's address book.

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At the CTIA Wireless convention, ABBYY officials gave us a quick demo by taking a picture of business cards and then showing the converted text. The OCR conversion took about five seconds and seemed fairly accurate. Developers could also create applications to look up address from pictures of street signs or ads.

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