Google’s project incubator called Area 120 has a new and powerful experiment for our Android devices, a new application from the creator Socratic that we already want to see as a final product.
This is Stack, an application that allows us to scan and organize documents effortlessly so that we never lose a receipt, invoice, or document again. All with the power of Google’s artificial intelligence.
What is Stack?
Stack was created to provide a solution to the problem that we encounter over time, wherewith each purchase or transaction we accumulate tickets and invoices that we might need in the future.
Stack: The new app’s features
The Stack app is very easy to use. Its main screen has different categories to organize our documents along with a search engine. In the “All documents” tab we will see just that, all scanned documents.
Clicking on the ‘+’ icon activates its scanning tool, which recognizes the document to crop and save it. The application will analyze the text to classify the type of document thanks to the powerful artificial intelligence of Google Cloud’s DocAI team, which has already helped analyze billions of documents. It will automatically assign a name and suggest the correct category or stack.
The Stack can identify the most important information of each document such as “due date” or “total amount due”. Its search engine also allows you to search in text thanks to text recognition.
Finally, Stack also allows you to automatically save a copy of the scanned documents in Google Drive. So if for some reason we stop using the application we will have a copy of all the documents.
The bad news is that Google Area 120 has only launched Stack in the US, so it is only in English and only residents of that country will be able to officially download the application through the Play Store. The rest of the world will have to download its APK.