Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Another Way To Scan With Camera Phone

Add this technology as a way to scan using your camera phone.

From BusinessWeek How to scan without a scanner

Ever find yourself paging through a book or magazine at a friend's house and wishing you could just scan it and save it for later? NEC has a way to soup up a cell phone to do this, using 3D imaging software integrated with a digital camera.

The phone works by taking dozens of tiny snapshots when you wave it across a page in a zigzag pattern. Within seconds, optical character-recognition software in the phone uses the edge of the page as a frame and knits together the overlapping snapshots into a seamless whole.

It can even detect when the page isn't lying flat and straighten a distorted image

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