Read it and beep

Reading text is a simple enough task for humans. But unless it’s cleaned up and served on a plate computers just can’t do it.

At least they couldn’t until Mireille Boutin and pals from Purdue University took a shot at the problem.

These guys have built an impressive algorithm that looks for and finds text in real-life cluttered images.

And it works well. In their, albeit limited, tests onĀ  65 real-life images, the algorithm correctly identified the text 97 per cent of the time.

Cars that can read signposts, anyone?

Ref: arxiv.org/abs/0801.4807: Automatic Text Area Segmentation in Natural Images

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