Here’s a service I want. Basically, it’s RipDigital for business cards. I want to be able to put the 200 business cards I’ve collected over the past couple of years into an envelope and send them off to a company. This company will extract the data from the business cards and make it available to me in several formats (CSV file, Outlook contacts, etc). For bonus points, they’d have a Web interface that shows me a scan of each card (to jog my memory) and lets me annotate each contact with additional information.
I know that there are many business card scanners, but I have two problems with them. One, optical character recognition continues to disappoint me. There are always messy errors. Two, I just can’t be bothered. I’d be happy to pay for this service instead of scanning and tweaking all this data myself. Surely with third-world out-sourcing this service could be offered at an affordable price.
This service might already exist. I did a quick run through Google, and came up empty.