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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 

image 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.

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