Disrupt NY Hackathon 2016
On the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 Hackathon, a staff of engineers from MasterCard teamed as much as create an app that may assist vacationers visiting a overseas nation higher perceive what meals is being described on a menu. Simply by pointing their telephone on the restaurant’s menu, the app will acknowledge the textual content and translate that into a picture of the meals merchandise in query which is then overlaid on prime of the digital camera’s viewfinder.
The members of the workforce behind the hack, Ocean Huang, Brent Bevolo, Jose Portcarrero and Bret Deasy, initially got here up with the thought for a menu-scanning app after first toying with an app that might scan the textual content in books. However they quickly realized that wasn’t one of the best use of the know-how at hand.
“This was a pure pivot from the primary concept,” famous Bevolo.
The group began work on the MenuMe Android app at midnight final night time, so it’s truthful to say that MenuMe is not in a state the place it may be uploaded to Google Play right now.
The app takes benefit of the Vuforia Android SDK to implement the textual content and picture recognition performance and to show the 3D objects in augmented actuality. That is truly a easy however sensible implementation of AR, actually – it’s translating a language you don’t perceive into the common language of pictures.
Not solely can you determine what the menu reads, MenuMe might additionally aid you determine if the meal appears tasty to you.
Whereas the hack demonstrated right now was a bit thrown collectively, if the staff decides to finish the venture, they stated they might use Google Picture Search to supply the meals imagery to match the textual content.
However will the app make it to Google Play at some point?
“We’ll see,” stated Huang.