Ever been to a library, and not found the book you’re looking for? Ever blamed the library for being inadequate, and later discover that the book you wanted was there, but was placed on the wrong shelf? You can now thank a certain computer scientist from the Miami University to vision an end to this sticky mess.

An app to sift through a list like this..

An app to sift through a list like this..

Bo Brinkman, the scientist has developed an augmented reality app that gives the harried librarian not only a hand in identifying which book is wrongly categorised, but also helps them classify it right. ShelvAR, the app can practically scan book racks by the dozen at a time. The app then detects the wrongly placed books. If viewed on a tablet PC, the user can actually see the misplaced book highlighted, in addition to the arrows that direct the user to the shelf in which the book should ideally be.

For the app to detect the right book, a machine-readable sticker needs to be placed on each book, at least that’s how it is at present. The bone of contention here is that considering the number of titles collections can stretch to, labeling each book with the sticker might not be the best thing to do.

The app however, isn’t available for downloads at the moment. But, can be expected as soon as all required inclusions are done.

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