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Dymo CardScan Mobile: Business Card Encoder for Windows Mobile Smartphones

October 23, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, software

Apparently one of the first apps to appear on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Dymo’s CardScan Mobile’s premise is very simple: you take a picture of a business card with your Windows Mobile smartphone’s built-in camera, and it takes care of encoding the text, adding the information to your contact list, and making sure the data is in the correct fields.

While I look for someone who can try out the app on his or her Windows Mobile smartphone, here are some five quick questions answered by Dymo’s PR:

  1. CardScan Mobile uses OCR to decipher the text right? Yes.
  2. Do your testers have a failure rate regarding text reading? In other words, out of 100 tries, how many times does the software get the text wrong? The characeter-level accuracy is around 96%, but this rate has everything to do with picture quality. So if “100 tries” refers to perfect pictures, it’s high accuracy. If “100 tries” contains some bad pictures, it’s lower accuracy.
  3. Which versions of WinMo is it compatible for? CardScan Mobile works on Windows Mobile Smartphones OS 6+

CardScan Mobiel is available from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Price is $15. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to locate the application on the site. Apparently there are problems with WMM, so hopefully by the time we get a review out, we’ll be able to provide a direct link for those who want to buy Dymo CardScan mobile. Visit WMM with your WinMo smartphone.

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