Mobile phones as portable faxes or scanners
September 15th, 2005

New Scientist says “software, developed by NEC and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan, goes further than existing cellphone camera technology by allowing entire documents to be scanned simply by sweeping the phone across the page”.Further,”using the new software with a 1-megapixel camera held at least 20centimetres away, an A4 sized page takes about 3 to 5 seconds to scan. This produces between 21 and 35 images which the software merges together to extract the text and record any images.’The goal of our research is to enable mobile phones to be used as portable faxes or scanners that can be used any time,’ an NEC spokesman told New Scientist”.

Camera phones will be high-precision scanners


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