A new computerized system automatically reads and files the information on business cards.
It may be divvying up the desktop too finely for most, but for offices heavily into names, titles, and addresses, a computerized system that automatically reads and files the information on business cards will save time -- and possibly money. Cypher Tech, manufacturer of the CypherScan 1000, claims that passing eight business cards through optical-character-recognition software and then into a database takes about a fifth of the time that keying in the information would take. As for designer cards with a hodgepodge of particulars that most humans can't even read, the software deciphers them with sophisticated expert-system logic.
CypherScan 1000 ($395) consists of a business-card-size optical scanner and Windows-compatible software. It requires an IBM-type PC with a 486 microprocessor, Windows 3.0 or higher, and 10 megabytes of free disk space. Six megabytes of RAM are recommended. For information, call 408-734-8765.