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Overview

IBM Experience Organizer is a memory augmentation tool that enables you to capture experience cues that are then processed and indexed. The stored cues can later be used to recall past experiences and can also be shared with colleagues and friends.

A source of inspiration is Vanevar Bush's vision of the "memex" that would capture and store every experience in a person's life and provide facilities to consult the information saved as well as cross-reference this information with data coming from libraries and other people's experiences.

IBM Experience Organizer uses mobile phones--an everyday object--as the capture device. You can capture cues by taking a picture using the mobile phone's camera (e.g., when you meet a new person, take a picture of her and her business card), record audio, or write down notes to yourself. Once you're back at your office, you can synchronize your mobile phone with IBM Experience Organizer, which downloads the new experience cues and processes them into meaningful chunks of information.

IBM Experience Organizer breaks down the sequence of captures into labeled clusters, using contextual information such as time, location, and the user's calendar content. Every cluster is processed by sophisticated Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and Speech Recognition (SR) algorithms that extract the text and additional characteristics from the various captures. The raw output is processed by IBM Experience Organizer, which adds semantics such as "person name", "address information", "date range" etc.

The information is then stored in a faceted search index, which can be used to browse associatively, query, and find the appropriate cue to recall an experience. IBM Experience Organizer also derives higher level constructs from the processed information such as "Person information", "Calendar information" and "To-do item" and pushes them automatically into your address book, calendar, and to-do list accordingly.