Every day in the professional world, people exchange their information by name cards. We put name cards into our pocket or bag, and when we later typed everything from the name card into the app, we might be thinking: Hmm, why am i manually doing this?
And here comes Contactor!
What it does
Contactor is a mobile IOS app that allows a user to scan a name card by either uploading an image to the app, or taking a picture. With an existing name card image, users are able to extract information from the name card (e.g. Name, telephone number, email address, etc) and save it to IOS Contacts. In addition, after successfully saved into contacts, users are also able to send a text message to the person on the name card with custom text to let that newly added contact know my number. And here comes Contactor!
How I built it
We built the entire app as an IOS app working on iphone. We wrote almost everything in Swift. The main API we have used is the Microsoft Azure Cognitive Service API which helps us to recognize text information on the name card. On the back end, we did a bit improvement to recognize the text info as phone number and email address. If we could use the preview function of Azure to train and get our own image recognition model for scanning card purpose only we could have recognize all the field including job title, name, address, etc. We used Bandwith API to text our newly added contact with our contact info. The allows us not only scan the name card but also build connection with others.
Challenges I ran into
- Swift language has changed a and with many new versions is the most challenge
- additionally figuring out the API and send the correctly formatted URL request
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We built this fully functional and useful app.
What I learned
A lot swift.
What's next for pearlhack2018
Improve our app.