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Interactive Sketch-Recognition Computer Program
Researchers from Brown University and the Technical University of Berlin have developed a computer program that recognizes sketches as they're drawn in real time. This advance could clear the way for vastly improved sketch-based interface and search applications. Computers are already pretty good at matching sketches to objects as long as the sketches are accurate representations, but iconic or abstract sketches are another matter. The key to making this new program work is a large database of sketches that could be used to teach a computer how humans sketch objects. "This is really the first time anybody has examined a large database of actual sketches," says James Hays, assistant professor of computer science at Brown. A better sketch-based interface might improve computer accessibility. "Directly searching for some visual shape is probably easier in some domains," adds Hays. "It avoids all language issues; that?s certainly one thing."
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