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Document Scanning System Incorporating Business Card Matte

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033692D
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

This invention is a cardboard or plastic matte that holds a rectilinear arrangement of business cards. The matte is thick enough that the cards drop into place: place the matte face down on the platen and place cards in the rectangular holes. The matte also has a high density border abound the holes, making it easy to detect the well-separated cards in software. Moreover, the matte can contain glyph indicia, including a registration marker and a glyph patch identifying the known positions and extents of the card regions so that segmentation is trivial.

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Document Scanning System Incorporating Business Card Matte

It is desired to offer a document solution for scanning and converting business cards to Outlook “vCard” or the equivalent format in another mail application.  One difficulty in such a system is segmenting and identifying several cards on the platen.  One solution is a Smart Platen-type software to find overlapping rectangles of a certain size.  A difficulty in segmentation and object recognition is that cards have varying backgrounds, some having density very close to that of the scanner backing cover.  Some cards may overlap others, obscuring content.  Reliable segmentation may be difficult to obtain, and this is important for casual users with high expectations from recognition technologies.

This invention is a cardboard or plastic matte that holds a rectilinear arrangement of business cards.   The matte is thick enough that the cards drop into place: place the matte face down on the platen and place cards in the rectangular holes.   The matte also has a high density border abound the holes, making it easy to detect the well-separated cards in software.   Moreover, the matte can contain glyph indicia, including a registration marker and a glyph patch identifying the known positions and extents of the card regions so that segmentation is trivial.