Google’s Area 120 team, an internal incubator that develops experimental projects, has announced a new document scanner app called Stack. The app is now available for Android in the US, without saying whether it will come to iOS or other countries.
Google said they used artificial intelligence created by the DocAI team to make Stack a reality.
“We found that by using DocAI’s business technology on personal documents, we were able to help people get organized,” Google said in a blog post.
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With Stack, users can take a photo of a document – a receipt, invoice, ID, payslip, etc. – and quickly scan it. There are dozens of scanning apps already available, but what is different about Stack is that it will automatically name documents for you, and suggest the right category.
When scanning a document, Stack can also identify important information, including dates and totals. You can search through the entire text of your documents, not just the title. Every document you scan can be uploaded to Google Drive, so even if you stop using Stack, all of your documents are easily accessible.
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In addition, Stack supports biometric authentication, so you can require a scan of your face or fingerprint each time you unlock the app.
Scanning documents is a convenient way to take your life digitally and finally get rid of the pile of paper on your desktop. It is also a great way to keep track, and with the ability to search in text, Stack will make it very easy to find old documents.
Stack is currently an experiment right now, which means it’s not perfect. In fact, Google admits that the algorithms are still wrong. The search giant said it will continue to improve its algorithms, which will hopefully result in a broad adoption of the app. Otherwise, the app can easily become another in a wide range of axed Google products and services.