I'm currently at a very early phase of a project that I'm working on myself to build a web app, but will for the project to succeed at the next level I will need a web app.
A core feature of the mobile app (and will also be needed on the website) is the ability to use the camera on the device to take a picture of a pre-designed form on a notepad, take any handwritten text from that form and transform it into a digital form within the app. Obviously handwritten text differs form person to person and is difficult to get right. By filling the digital form with the data captured would allow the user to correct anything if needed. (Possible scope for learning handwriting?)
Possibly would need the ability to import photos from another device / uploads from the website also?
The backend / api will be Ruby on Rails which is something I'm working with, but have no experience of development on iOS, let along at a level to do something like OCR.
I've tried looking around online and have found some OCR functionality for iOS, but it looks like handwriting isn't something that's been done too well - there might be a reason for that?
This is why I'm reaching out to the experts to see if this is something that's possible. I'm aware the handwriting is something that iOS devices are able to deal with, at least via firsthand input - not sure if it extends to photos with handwriting in amongst it.
If this is a non-starter, it'd be good to know in advance so that a Plan B can be looked into.
I'm already working on the first version of the website, which will deal with basics of the app to get it out there and exposed. But for it to work at it's full potential, it'll be via a mobile app.
Many thanks in advance.