The Business Card Reader app for iPhone that uses optical character recognition to change physical cards to electronic contact entries has made its way to BlackBerry. As you can see from this demo video, all you have to do is take a picture of a business card with your phone, let the app scan it, and it will do its darnedest to put all of the relevant information into appropriate fields on a new contact. If you want to just update an existing contact, it can merge the new info with the old, too. It’s a neat idea, for sure, but camera quality is a big bottleneck. Only the latest BlackBerrys have 3.2 megapixel cameras, and considering how much trouble the 3GS was having even at that level, 2 megapixel cameras will probably be unusable with the Business Card Reader. Still, it could potentially save time at busy conferences where business cards are flying like so many deadly ninja stars. You can pick up your own copy here for $9.95, so long as you’re running OS 4.6 and up, and you’re dealing with English, French, Italian, German, and/or Spanish business cards.
[via PR Newswire]