(I asked Eli first before posting this who gave the okay.)
For parnassah I work part time by a Software development company here in Israel. Most notably we created the PowerSefer (www.powersefer.com) app for smartphones, tablets, PC and Mac.
We have worked on many other apps for the Torah/Frum world as well as for the secular world. The preference is always to find ways to make apps and software for frum people but it's a business so we must be willing to branch out. An idea came to mind recently that I would like to get some feedback on from those that work in STaM to see if it would be of any use.
As it is now I know the software used to check STaM via a computer is quite expensive. I'm sure not every person who works in STaM (b'frat in Chutz L'Aretz) or would be checking STaM on a regular basis (perhaps a shliach or a rov in a remote area of the world) would have access to this software. My idea is to create an App for smartphones and tablets that could check STaM just like a computer program would. This would work by utilizing the camera on the device (therefore no need for a scanner and could be done anywhere on the spot.) The technical aspect would seemingly be complicated but all can be worked out. I imagine using the camera to take multiple pictures lets say of tefillin parshiyos (however could be used for a mezuzah or yerios of a Sefer Torah of course.) The app would put the pictures together then check the parsha for missing/extra letters and words as well as smart as we can make it check for possible negia's, tzuras ha'oisios, etc.
My question is if we could create such an app that would be accurate would those that work in chutz l'aretz away from a place where computer checking could easily be done find this useful? Obviously the price would be substantially less than the normal software (I understand it's a few hundred dollars + ?) Is the portable aspect of it of value? I would appreciate anyone who could comment and leave a valuable opinion either way.