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Xerox unleashes digital camera dictionary and cellphone scanning


xerox researchIn a bid to get manufacturers buying into their latest technologies, Xerox have come up with two new ideas: a digital picture indexing technology that will search digital pictures based on the picture rather than words, and a technology that will allow cellphone digital cameras to act as scanners.  Okay, simmer down - one at a time.  First, the image dictionary will index photos based on the visual objects in them rather than text strings, so it will be able to recognize a car by its shape even if the photo is named DSC0022.jpg.  On the flipside, Xeros also released a cellphone camera technology that will allow it to act as a scanner and ultimately OCR device.  It requires at least a 1 megapixel camera, but if implemented, could be a life-saver in some situations.

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