Brandon Boyer

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It’s probably no coincidence that the weekend PopCap “does a Peggle” (in the parlance of our times) and drops the price for the iPhone version of its wordgame Bookworm from $4.99 to $0.99 (which is still active for a few more days [App Store link]), Flashbang head Matthew Wegner drops this: an automated OCR program to beat the ‘worm at his own game:

I still have a hard time increasing my mental lookup times for bizarre letter combinations. I don’t like the feeling of floundering at a task that I know is more well-suited to a computer. So I thought: Why not have a computer do the actual work?

Head over to his blog to see the process in action, about which he enticingly adds:

I may launch it as a service, actually. It would be amusing to unleash this on the hardcore Bookworm fans. You would take a screenshot, email it to some address, and get your best words emailed back in a minute or two. I wonder if people would actually use that? Only one way to find out…

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