Mobile API and OCR

Mobile OCR, SDK and API

With the focus on mobile applications, there is now high demand for Mobile OCR/SDK/API functionality to enable phones and tablets to recognize text from images.  Optical Character Recognition on the mobile device can take two forms:

  • On Mobile Device OCR – in this form, OCR is performed on the mobile phone through a local SDK.  Photos can be interpreted and recognized at the local level without the need for internet connectivity.
  • On Server Mobile OCR – in this form, the image is passed to an OCR and Recognition Server for processing and the results are returned to the mobile device.

There are a wide variety of use cases for Mobile OCR, including:

There are a number of companies that provide this functionality.  See an example here: Ephesoft Mobile SDK