Business Card Reader Available for BlackBerry and iPhones
Posted Dec 31 2009 11:37am
If you don’t want to manually type in all those contacts, here’s the answer and you will have to check for accuracy but correcting a few items certainly is better than inputting all the information. I don’t see anything yet for Windows Mobile but will keep looking. The price of $5.99 is reasonable too. BD
The Business Card Reader app for iPhone that uses optical character recognition to change physical cards to electronic contact entries has made its way to BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM). As you can see from this demo video, all you have to do is take a picture of a business card with your phone, let the app scan it, and it will do its darnedest to put all of the relevant information into appropriate fields on a new contact. If you want to just update an existing contact, it can merge the new info with the old, too. It’s a neat idea, for sure, but camera quality is a big bottleneck. Only the latest BlackBerrys have 3.2 megapixel cameras, and considering how much trouble the 3GS was having even at that level, 2 megapixel cameras will probably be unusable with the Business Card Reader.