Visual Search: Connecting Newspapers, Magazines and Books to Digital Information without Barcodes

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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:

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Jamey Graham

Ricoh Innovations

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 :).

Twitter: @jamois

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