If you've ever been in a hurry to head out to an unfamiliar location and wished that you could just have the directions pop up right on your mobile device, then researchers at Google and MIT may have granted your wish. They've come up with a way to let you use your smartphone camera to take a picture of your computer screen and then have the corresponding application launch on the device. That means you could snap a photo of a map being displayed on your computer and have it automatically synced to your phone, no cables (or typing in an address) required.
It's called Deep Shot, and it's something that needs to be installed on your phone and whatever computer it's going to be used with.
Deep Shot makes this possible with a format called uniform resource identifier (URI), which is a common feature in many Web applications like Google Maps and Yelp. The benefit is that you can transfer data much easier and faster; no need to wait around to finish syncing or spend time inputting addresses on your mobile phone.
We don’t know what Google is planning to do with this technology just yet, but I hope it's available for Android soon. An added feature of Chrome to Phone, perhaps?[MIT News via Engadget]