[FoRK] Book Mooch

Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> on Mon Oct 29 10:04:48 PDT 2007

On Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 11:34:45AM -0500, Brian Atkins wrote:
> I'm kind of surprised that it's almost 2008, and there is no software out 
> there to take in close-up photos of your bookshelves, and spit out a text 

Recognizing books from the side is even much harder than the front.
I personally find the kind of bar code scanning Delicious Library & Co
are using quite sufficient. 

Ok, I don't have quite the 13 tons of books like some people I know...

> list of your books. I guess the market so far is too tiny to support the 
> R&D required, and/or today's whizzy college students have no interest in 
> hacking this together?

Assuming whizzy college students can do good machine vision (doubtful),
who's going to provide the database?
> Of course I know there is existing software mainly designed for cell phone 
> cameras to figure out bar code data from photos. It seems at the worst 

Not just mobiles, e.g. iSight is a good video source for that.

> these sites could use something like that, although of course doing whole 
> sets of books at once from one photo of multiple spines would be preferable 
> IMO.

Would it? You'd need a good source of lighting, a pretty high resolution,
and something to stitch invididual photos into a panorama.
> If there was such a semi-automated data entry method, similar to how MP3s 
> are auto-labeled from CD track data, I'd be much more likely to use these 
> sites.

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