Creating an OCR Communication App with Tesseract.js and React (Part 1)

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is a technology that optically recognizes handwritten or printed characters as data, and converts them into characters that can be used in computer programs. OCR is used in a variety of fields. For example, OCR is used to detect stolen vehicles by recognizing their license plates, and to digitize printed books.

Tesseract.js is an open source OCR library that supports over 100 languages. Tesseract.js compiles the Tesseract OCR engine written in C into JavaScript WebAssembly. With Tesseract.js, you can easily build OCR programs that run in the browser.

How cool is OCR? Drop a comment below if you used this technology before or have an idea on something you want to build with it! 😲

In this tutorial, we will show you how to build a React application using Tesseract.js to perform OCR on images directly in the browser, and send the recognized text to you as an SMS.

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