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NEC Turns Almost Any Cameraphone Into A Scanner

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Sep 19, 2005, 11:06 AM   by (staff)

A new software application from NEC and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan can turn cameraphones into text scanners. Although cameraphones in Japan already can scan businesscards and small bits of text and use OCR to convert that to editable text, this new application is capable of scanning a whole page. The program only requires a cameraphone with as little as 1 Megapixel to be held about 8 inches from the page to scan. In under 5 seconds it takes 20 to 35 snapshots of the page, and tiles them together - even adjusting for the curve of the page if it is not flat. Once the image is complete, OCR is then a quick process. The designers say they do not plan to release the software for about 3 years.

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Sep 19, 2005, 10:00 PM

why wait?

why do they want to wait 3 years? It makes no sense... in that time competitors could come out with a better technology and release it before they do...

Sep 19, 2005, 12:11 PM

Nihon ga sekai to ichiban da yo

Sou desu yo
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