New Tech Turns Camera Phones Into Document Scanners
Nov 16, 2004, 12:37 PM by (staff)
Xerox yesterday announced a new imaging technology that can effectively turn megapixel camera phones into portable document scanners. The software, optimized for images of printed documents, handwritten notes, and whiteboards, corrects for poor lighting, distorted images, blurring, shadows, reflections, and other problems frequently encountered in a real-world environment. The software also uses G4 fax compression to reduce the file size to 1/10 that of JPEG, making it easy to send and print.
Essential's Camera App Given New Portrait Mode
Essential Products has updated the camera app for the PH-1 smartphone and in so doing added several new features. To start, the app now includes a portrait mode, allowing people to take images of friends and family with blurred backgrounds.
Google Launches Multi-Purpose File-Wrangling App
Google today released the final version of Files Go, its new file-management app for Android. The app serves multiple purposes: it includes a file browser, local file transfer tool, and a tool to help free up storage on your phone.
New Qualcomm Tech Aims to Bring High-Quality AR and VR Mainstream
Qualcomm today announced a major expansion of Spectra, its effort to offer manufacturers a drop-in hardware and software solution for easily and affordably adding advanced camera technology to phones and other devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. The expanded Spectra suite includes three new hardware camera modules.
Opera Mini for Android Adds Video Boost
Opera today updated its Opera Mini browser for Android devices and added video compression to improve playback and reduce data usage. Opera says the Video Boost tool should cut down buffering times and provide smoother performance on mobile devices when streaming video over cellular networks.
Microsoft Makes Androids and iPhones Document Scanners
Microsoft today released versions of its Office Lens application for Android and iOS devices. Office Lens uses the device's camera to capture receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards, sticky notes, and other documents and save them to OneNote.