Many people have seen the awesome new technology allowing you to translate a sign by pointing your smartphone in its general direction (as seen in the above video). This app recognizes the shapes of the letters, converts it to what it thinks is being printed, and changes it right on the screen.

We were thinking, why not use it to recognize not just the shapes of words, but the shapes of buildings? Landmarker would use the same technology to recognize the outline of a building, reference it to the shapes of buildings near your GPS coordinates as seen by Google Street View, and show you if there’s anything interesting out on the net about it. Since it recognizes shapes, you could also find out the story behind a statue, find out all the details before you take a car for a test drive, or find your way around campus on your first day.


About Jack Eby

Biomedical engineer and avid marathoner.
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