01/18/2009, 02:26 PM
On other platforms (definitely Windows Mobile, Symbian, some of Motorola's Linux efforts), the device can act as a business card scanner. On some of those others, it's preloaded on the device; I'm hoping that it'll be possible to add this capability to the Pre. I'm thinking that this is particularly relevant for the Pre as there's no desktop sync.
I'd held out for this on Garnet and wasn't sure if it could happen, technically speaking. Looking at the Pre, my hunch is probably it can.
As an example: you're talking with someone you just met for the first time, who hands you a business card. Let's suppose this is a prospective client for you and you want to follow up with what you can offer him/her.
Now... you want to get all of that person's contact info into your device quickly and seamlessly. You don't want to have to type in everything (suppose that this is one of many business cards you have to enter). The client just has a basic cell phone, so saying "email me your contact info" is inefficient. You don't want to just search for him/her on a service like Facebook or LinkedIn because 1) you then have to wait for him/her to take action and 2) he/she may not be on those services. Waiting to get back to the office and upload the info through a desk-based business card scanner (e.g. CardScan) will take a while. If this client calls today, you want to know who it is and take the call. The most efficient solution--business card scanning software.
I had emailed SplashData about this, since 1) they bought Snap (formerly Slap) from HandsHigh, which would properly arrange the data post-OCR. I'm waiting to hear back on it. Anyone else have any other thoughts?