Attending college can put many students are put in financially difficult positions because of the excessive costs of tuition, textbooks, and other necessities. Although many students try to obtain textbooks online, our solution provides a legal solution for an otherwise rising problem.
What it does
It compares text between two versions of textbooks to show what differences exist between each. By doing so, students can decide whether it is absolutely necessary to buy the newer version for more or the older version for less. Professors can buy the newest version of the book and "sell" the different pages between versions so that both the publisher and the professor both gain money, while the student is able to learn off a cheaper textbook.
How we built it
We made an app that would compare textbook versions. A user would take a picture of the textbook page they want to compare, then input the corresponding page number, version number, and name of the book. The iOS app will then compare the two and show the student the differences and provide a similarity score in the lowest blank box in the interface.
The web application serves as a platform that professors can show the textbooks that they are "selling" pages for. We pulled data from the University of Toronto's textbook collection.
Challenges we ran into
It was a challenge.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We completed it.
What we learned
We learned many things like how to use Google Cloud OCR.
What's next for Textbook Version Comparer
Make it better.