What symbols should be used for OCR and facial recognition actions?

I think that I can use camera symbol for the face recognition, but have no idea what I can use for OCR...

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    Could you be more specific? A scenario might be helpful to understand what you want to do with those symbols. – Gildas Frémont May 16 '13 at 9:51
  • @GildasFrémont Thanks. I made an iOS app, so I want to add most suitable icons for the bar buttons. – Shmidt May 16 '13 at 9:59
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    maybe just a button with <OCR> text on it? – Ades May 16 '13 at 10:01
  • @Ades I thought about it and I found it's a good idea, however I think many people haven't heard about OCR :) So, in a toastview on start I call it "Image to text conversion". – Shmidt May 16 '13 at 10:21

Think user oriented: you should find a way to make your app "smart" enough to recognize if it is an optical character recognition situation or a facial recognition one.

Let the user take a picture/use the lens and that is it. So camera icon is enough. Or an eye if its more a virtual reality experience.

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Show what is does not what it is nor how it is done.

  • So, do you think it's OK now?(I updated post with a screenshot). – Shmidt May 16 '13 at 10:25
  • The camera icon should lead to: "take a picture"or "choose a picture in the phone". Recognition can be automatic I guess. – Gildas Frémont May 16 '13 at 10:44
  • Recognition starts automatically(screen shows current video stream and if there is a face it will be recognized. – Shmidt May 16 '13 at 10:51
  • Then you are in the good direction. Good luck! – Gildas Frémont May 16 '13 at 10:52

How about icons on buttons similar to the following for character recognition and face recognition respectively ....

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  • magnifying glass implies search. – JamesRyan May 16 '13 at 12:07

I would go with a Camera with face and camera with text respectively.

  • Thanks, probably this is the best answer. I'll make an icons and 'll check it out. – Shmidt May 16 '13 at 12:58

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