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16 segmented character recognition for encoding in a
For human readable links, that is scannable, maybe
preprinted stickers that contains a pattern of 16
With some markings to indicate that it is a 16seg url (e.g.
This is not
as flexible as a full on handwriting recognition
urls, but it would be more transparent than a QR code,
would be easier to read than normal human handwriting
TL;DR: OCR urls and contact information etc... with
surrounding (mini barcode?) indicating content type (and
to allow users to recognise that it is scannable).
Possible Character States
[mofosyne, Apr 17 2015]
Better existing character set [scad mientist, Apr 17 2015]
What is the ideal font for OCR?
[mofosyne, Apr 17 2015]
Tesseract is an optical character recognition engine for various operating systems. [mofosyne, Apr 17 2015]
Japanese lass who likes to draw QR codes
[not_morrison_rm, Apr 19 2015]
9-segment Russian postcode
[notexactly, May 28 2015]
||It seems to me that the OCR-A font would be the
natural choice. It's easier to read than your font
and there's probably already code out there to OCR
it. Your 16 segment font might be able to provide
OCR capability with a simpler processor, but I bet
even the cheapest of smart phones can handle
OCR-A, so there's not much point.
||I'll give a + to the idea as a whole because
using OCR-A in the way you intended to use your
16 segmented font actually sounds like a good
||It seems like it shouldn't be too hard to
incorporate OCR-A recognition into the same app
that recognizes QR codes, so if it sees some OCR-A
text with an http header, it will treat it somewhat
like a QR code (or for that matter, it could auto-
OCR and any OCR-A text it finds.
||I'm sure at some time in the future every camera
and image app will be automatically OCRing every
character it sees to provide more info to the user,
but even in those cases, the OCR-A font could be
used to indicate the the text in that font is
specifically intended to be read by a computer and
can be given special priority.
||Thanks scad mientist, I guess the reason I though 16 seg
should be considered, is that I was thinking that this would
allow for handwriting the OCR url via "connect the dots".
||But yes, I can see both "human writeable 16seg" and OCR-A
font to be both supported. But ideally, both should have
surrounding markings indicating what actions household be
taken (Is this a url link? A phone link? etc...).