Text Morphing for Morphing Prose Instead of Images

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Holovisions LLC announces the launch of the Text Morphing project on Kickstarter.com.

Text morphing blends two portions of text

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What would a software manual written by Edgar Allan Poe look like? What would a ghostly short story written by a tech writer look like? If the "Text Morphing" project gets enough support through Kickstarter.com, then we all might find out the answers to these and similar questions.

Most people are familiar with "Image Morphing" which has been around for over two decades. Image morphing is a visual effect in which a first image gradually changes into a second image. For example, image morphing can gradually morph one face into another face. In the middle of the process, it can create a new face that blends together characteristics of both original faces.

The "Text Morphing" project is a pioneering effort to apply the principles of morphing images to morphing prose. With image morphing, software identifies key points of common features in the two images that are to be morphed. The software then incrementally distorts the two images in a symmetric manner so that they converge into a common feature configuration. Text Morphing will do the same thing with two portions of prose. Text Morphing will identify key points of common features, such as phrase synonyms, in the two portions of prose that are to be morphed. The software will then incrementally distort the two portions of prose so that they converge into a common semantic configuration.

As with image morphing, the success of text morphing in a particular case depends on the existence of at least some common features between the two original sources. "Text Morphing" will be based on the word-processing technology in Holovisions' U.S. patent applications 20110184726 ("Morphing Text by Splicing End-Compatible Segments") and 20110184725 ("Multi-Stage Text Morphing"). Why Text Morphing? …for basically the same reasons as image morphing. It can be fun. It can spark creative ideation. It might even be useful for semantics research.

Support for the "Text Morphing" project is being raised at Kickstarter.com by Holovisions. Holovisions is a start-up tech company in Minnesota with patent-pending technology in the fields of text-based search and word processing. Supporters are being asked to pledge $20 each, which is only collected if the $10,000 funding goal is reached and the project is launched. If the project launches, then it will create a Text Morphing website in September, 2012 and early supporters through Kickstarter.com will have access to the site for three months before it opens to the public.

Holovisions already has a database of over 130,000 common phrase synonyms. This database will be expanded if the project launches. This database will form the core word engine to drive Text Morphing. People who would like to learn more and possibly become early supporters of the Text Morphing project should visit the Text Morphing page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Text-Morphing/307109926015016 and the Text Morphing project page on Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1428714387/text-morphing-morphing-prose-instead-of-images.

About Text Morphing: The goal of the Text Morphing project is to apply the principles of image morphing to morphing prose.

About Kickstarter: Kickstarter.com is a new way to fund creative projects that is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

About Holovisions: Holovisions is a small tech start-up in Minnesota with a portfolio of intellectual property in the fields of word processing and glasses-free 3D display.

Contact: Robert A. Connor, Ph.D.,CEO, Holovisions LLC, (612) 339-1442, info(at)Holovision(dot)com


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