I have a lot of respect for the Microsoft Research guys, and Lincoln sounds like a very exciting concept that's in need of some community involvement to load in some data!
I’m Larry Zitnick from Microsoft Research. We’ve been working on a Smartphone prototype that just got released to the public called “Lincoln”. The basic idea behind the app is to allow people to search for info using cell phone images. For example, say you’re in Blockbuster and you want to find out more info on a DVD. With this app, you can take a picture of it, the DVD is recognized from the picture, and sends you back Amazon reviews. For more info check out:
You can also read an article about it at:
We’re looking for people to find creative ways for using this technology. Currently, we’ve preloaded the database with about 1,000 DVDs with Amazon reviews that should be in your “New Releases” section of your video store. We’re also allowing anyone to upload their own photos with corresponding web links to the database for others to search against (Say you’re in a band. You can upload your band’s concert poster so that anyone who takes a picture of it will be sent to your band’s webpage.)
Hope you get a chance to check it out. Feedback is always welcome.
What are you waiting for? Head over to the site (in IE by the way) and give it a go
[Edited for news by Paul (MVP)]