Meme generation might never be the same again. Project Naptha is a browser extension that lets users select, copy, edit and translate text from any image — so long as it is under 30 degrees of rotation.
The plug-in runs on the Stroke Width Transform algorithm Microsoft Research invented for text detection in natural scenes. It also provides the option of using Google’s open-source OCR engine Tesseract when necessary. Project Naptha utilizes a technique called “inpainting” to reconstruct images after they’ve been altered by the extension.
According to the website, this entails using an algorithm that fills in the space previously occupied by text with colors from the surrounding area.
Right now, the program is only compatible with Google Chrome but a Firefox version may be released in a few weeks.
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