Mitek has announced a developer program using its own Mobile Imaging Platform for programmers interested in creating new mobile applications using the smartphone or tablet camera.
The company (somewhat intangibly and loosely) states that it is "prepared to make" multiple seed investments totaling up to $1M in developers who can identify substantial market opportunities using the mobile imaging platform.
Developers can use this software to create apps that capture information from real-world objects such as checks, drivers licenses, bill coupons, vehicle identification numbers, and any information printed within four corners.
Recent hackathon apps using this technology created apps including eCheque — to take a photo of a check to generate a unique digital signature enabling two factor authentication to reduce fraud; and CalCount — to take a photo of a nutrition label on food packaging to pre-populate calories in a calorie-counting app.
"We see tens of thousands of creative uses of Mitek technology. Seeing prototypes built in such a short time span at the hackathon and by developers testing the program gives us confidence that Mitek's Developer Program will create a whole new class of user-friendly mobile apps," said Mike Strange, Mitek's CTO.
Developers can now test 1,000 transactions for free using Mitek products.