Media and Multi-Font Character Recognition
Original Publication Date: 1986-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A multi-media device for reading either magnetically encoded cards and passbooks or printed information on checks, bills or other documents. The device uses a magnetic and an optical read head and parallel processing to distinguish between magnetic and OCR (optical character recognition) input. The system optically recognizes four different fonts and one font combination, and identifies which font is being read. The present system stores, in parallel, the information obtained from a magnetic read head and an optical read head in separate magnetic and optical processing units. The optical unit processes the video from the optical read head and determines if the input is readable as one of the valid character fonts.