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Meet Stack, a CamScanner alternative by Google for scanning documents like never before

A team at Google's in-house incubator has come up with a new app named Stack that helps scan and organise document using AI. The app reads into the documents for specifics and categorises them accordingly on its own.

twitter-logoSarthak Dogra | March 31, 2021 | Updated 13:16 IST
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Highlights

  • Stack uses DocAI's enterprise technology to help organise documents.
  • It looks for important information on documents to categorise them as bills, receipts, IDs or more.
  • The app is still in the early stages and is being improved every day.

If you have done any file work using your smartphone recently, you would know that one of the most handy features on the devices is that of scanning documents. Several third-party apps have tried to make the task as easy and efficient as it can be. An in-house Google team now does the same with a new app dedicated to the cause.

Google's Area 120 incubator has developed a new application called Stack. In addition to scanning capabilities, the app comes with inbuilt AI that helps the users keep track of the documents they scan. With this, users can keep a record of all their documents and categorise or find them when the need arises.

The app does this by essentially reading the document and letting the AI decide which category it falls into. For the categorisation, the app also looks at important details on the document, including dates, amounts, and account numbers. The purpose is better organisation - to make it easier for the user to look for the document in the future.

Some users might have had a glimpse of these capabilities in Google Lens or Microsoft Lens. The app works somewhat similarly and in a better optimised manner for budget Android phones.

Those looking to use the app can simply scan a document through it using their phone's camera. The app will then automatically organise it into a "stack" based on its content, like bills, receipts, IDs or more. The same can then be accessed at any point in the future. Users can even upload the files on Google Drive from within the app for easier access on multiple devices.

Other than the better organisation, the app even makes it easier to find content from within the documents. It can look for specific information like the due date for the bill or more from a document and present it to the user upon a search query.

In a blog, Google says that the app uses the same enterprise-level AI as the DocAI team at Google Cloud. It is, however, still "early days", and the algorithms still get things wrong, but Google promises an improvement every day.

It is easy to see how the app is a big boon to those looking for extra management of their documents. While third-party apps did provide the support for scanning, none of them helped organise the documents in the way that Stack promises to.

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