Inspiration

As we CMU students would know, exchanging business cards and resumes is an unnecessarily tedious and time-consuming task. We decided to simplify this task by using OCR machine learning with phone cameras to process this information, allowing users to store and share data digitally.

What it does

ConnectMe takes a picture of a resume or a business card and automatically stores it in a user's account. Additionally, users can exchange data with one another by scanning personal QR codes.

How we built it

For the OCR, we used a convolutional recurrent neural network to analyze the image and extract the text from it. We used Java on the android front end and flask for the backend.

Challenges I ran into

Time was an issue. We had difficulty hosting the backend API and OCR code on the backend, which took up a large chunk of our time. Additionally, getting the OCR to work took substantial effort and testing until we felt it was sufficiently accurate. Trying to integrate the front and back ends of the app also caused many issues.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We made a functional app that is supported by an accurately trained optical character recognition.

What we learned

We learned a lot about machine learning, optical character recognition, networking, frontend programming, and python backend programming.

What's next for ConnectMe

We could implement this for other social media such as Facebook and Twitter and we could store additional information such as area of expertise and employer.

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