Gdańskie Wydawnictwo Oświatowe – our main publishing house is a family‑owned company founded in 1991. We employ around 130 talented people and are proud to be the second largest textbooks publisher in Poland.
From day one we have strived to be the leader in innovation and we invest heavily in new technologies. Our daughter company, Yellow Dot, was founded to focus on research & development in the areas of book publishing and education.
There were three main factors that contributed to the creation of Play The Page:
With all the above happening, Jan came up with a rough idea for what later become Play The Page. After some brainstorming sessions, we knew what we needed, but through trial and error we’ve learned that the existing computer vision technologies were either not reliable enough or were too expensive to fit the use we had in mind (usually both).
We’ve turned to a prestigious local university for help – the Gdańsk University of Technology and their team of 7 machine learning experts – 3 computer science PhDs and 4 computer science Masters. The development phase lasted almost 2 years. The end results: the level of accuracy, reliability and ability to recognize images even at odd angles, surprised even the academic experts.
Because Play The Page proved to be very effective in our own marketing efforts (read more here and here), we have decided to share it with other publishers (but not our competitors!). We believe it can help other book publishers too.