Google’s in-house incubator called Area 120 has launched a powerful AI document scanner for Android called Stack.
Stack borrows the technology behind DocAI’s powerful enterprise tool For a giant search to analyze documents.
The end result is a consumer document scanner app for Android that Google says: It improves dramatically compared to a mobile scanner by automatically classifying documents into nominal groups and enabling full-text searches through the contents of documents, not just the title.
Christopher Pedregal, head of the Stack team, said in a statement: I joined Google two years ago when my educational startup, Socratic, was acquired. The same technologies make it easy to organize documents.
After the acquisition, Pedregal and his colleague (Matthew Cowan) Matthew Cowan joined Google’s Area 120, where they created an app that can use DocAI and AI technology to improve the process of scanning receipts, invoices and other important documents.
The app uses Google’s biometric authentication via Android, so you can secure sensitive documents behind face scanning or fingerprints to unlock the program.
It also automatically creates fields for scanned invoices so you can fill in due dates and other important information.
The app, like much of Google’s experimental effort, is being launched for use and not with any real tangible business model attached or a specific monetization roadmap.
Pedregal stresses that it is too early for Stack, which means the app can still get things wrong, but he hopes the app will spread.
It also means that it can, at any point, be sent to Google’s graveyard, but there should be an option to export your documents if that happens at some point in the future.
And Stack appears to be a solid alternative to the regular document scanner, and there aren’t many companies that outperform Google in terms of text comprehension and image recognition.