Visual search techniques link online information to paper documents such as newspapers, magazines and posters. Users simply point their camera phone at any area on a page and take a picture. Our technology converts that picture into a link and retrieves the data it points to. This provides a “clickable paper” capability that makes paper documents as interactive as web pages and makes it possible for users to do things like “surf the newspaper.”
We have developed unique technology that converts both patches of text as well as photos and graphics to links. We will shortly deploy several iPhone apps to demonstrate the visual search capability to end-users. At the same time we will also deploy a server architecture (i.e. the Visual Search API) to allow anyone to build their own visual search system with their own content. You can follow our progress at: ricohinnovations.com/betalabs/visualsearch
Jamey Graham is a Distinguished Research Engineer at Ricoh Innovation, Inc’s. California Research Center. During his twenty-plus year research career, his professional passion has been to create compelling and effective means for connecting users with multimedia content. He enjoys the interplay between physical objects and digital media and is constantly experimenting with new ways to connect the two. One example of this is his iCandy system, a tangible user interface that employs physical tokens to access and share electronic content such as iTunes music & videos, YouTube videos or any online content. Jamey is also interested in socially-aware computing and making the machines that surround us, both at home and at work, part of our social networks (as long as they have something good to say :).
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