Lee Stott, one of our evangelists, has been posting a lot on the Faculty Connection blog about Windows Phone 7, MSR and the cloud, amongst other posts, as he is more prolific writer than me. This one stuck in my mind though as its a great example of research, a consumer device and a real world example coming together for potentially practical use.
The MRC Engineering team has released the fourth and final cloud service for Windows Phone 7 development: Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This OCR service is the next step in the evolution of Project Hawaii and with Hawaii OCR, you can use your smartphone's camera to take a picture of an object that contains text (in Roman characters), send the image to the cloud, and in return receive a Unicode string of the text. This text string can be used in a number of interesting scenarios, such as translation of street signs or restaurant menus.
You can download the SDK and start building Windows Phone 7 apps today. For more details, read the Aloha: Text from the Cloud blog.
So whilst some people write “sound apps”, you know what I mean, there are some very clever people thinking about more useful applications, though I have to admit having sound apps on my phone .
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