Tablet PCs: The next big thing for OCR

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Tablet talk is everywhere.  The Apple iPad is set to be on the best seller list this holiday season, the HP Slate 500 is available now, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab is expected to be on sale next month.  It’s no wonder that Gartner expects “worldwide media tablet sales to reach 19.5 million units in 2010.” I myself am an iPad owner, and I enjoy the Apple experience, but the recent releases, and promise of new, category defining devices makes it exciting to see what is next for tablet PCs. 

Our industry should share in this excitement.   Tablets, while unchartered territory, are undoubtedly the next area of expansion for OCR and capture. While we are already involved in the mobile computing arena by means of cell phones and smart devices, this next new wave is fast approaching.

Think about it.  Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy and the HP Slate take pictures with dual built-in cameras.  This means that we have the ability to create apps and software that integrate OCR and capture technology for these products. Most tablets have a seven inch screen (or larger) and three-to-five megapixel cameras.  Because of this, the opportunity for high quality, more usable image captures is far greater than that which exists with the iPhone’s three and a half inch screen.  So long as the camera is able to take good quality pictures, full page documents will be able to be photographed and used while on the go, in ways that will make every user more productive.  Just think of the possibilities: language translation, searchable and editable PDFs, automated processing, mobile dictionaries, barcode scanners, etc., all within the tablet device.  The integration of OCR and capture into tablet apps has the potential to make these devices infinitely more useful in enterprise environments, creating a significant opportunity to innovate how mobile workers do business.

As we move into a new age of tablet computing, I believe that consumers will become less reliant on big machines, such as scanners, and more reliant on mobility and convenience, such as a tablet camera. What are you looking forward to the most with regards to tablets and data capture?

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Sam Palozzi

Hi Joe,
What I'm looking forward to is the day when I can show a traffic cop my driver's licence and insurance on my tablet or smartphone instead of having to root through my wallet for those things.
Just to be clear, I'm not looking forward to being pulled over but... if I was pulled over it would be very nice to have a higher level of legal acceptance for digital documents and it seems to go hand in hand with the prevalence of these devices. On another note (my apologies for the digression) does anyone out there know if the rate of digitally-born documents has been increasing over the recent past-- if so is it reasonable to ask if this is a cause or effect of the e-pads and smartphones? Or perhaps completely unrelated to the products?
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Daniel O'Leary

Joe as always, great post.

I was talking with one of my end users who has deployed 75 iPads already to handle the capture of electronic forms, shortening the processing time from 3 weeks to 15 minutes! Pretty awesome. If you have an iPad and want to chat about how to use it, visit www.lincware.com or message me here on the forums.
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Joe,

I could hardly contain myself when I saw your post last week. Knowing that ImageSource was releasing the ILINX®Tablet at Nexus 10' I had to stay quiet until the unveiling during my keynote.

ILINX®Tablet - Because you need a Content Management Platform that moves with you
http://ilinx.posterous.com/ilinx-tablet-you-need-a-content-management-pl
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Daniel O'Leary

Joe that tablet looks sick! Can't wait to actually use one. Any date on when it will be released?
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