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LG LSM-100 mouse is also a scanner

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2011

Mice is doing all kinds of crazy stuff lately. The other say we saw a mouse with a built-in speaker and now this one from LG has a scanner on the bottom. The LG LSM-100 mouse can scan a small area quickly while also keeping track of your mouse’s movement.

The integrated 5 LED, 300 dpi scanner isn’t going to blow you away with quality images, but still, it’s a great idea. No word on pricing or availability right now though.

Brother Entrepreneur Pro PR-1000 Sewing Machine with built-in camera and scanner

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

This isn’t your grandmother’s sewing machine. The Brother Entrepreneur Pro PR-1000 is the world’s first 10-needle embroidery machine with built-in camera-like technology, low-cost digital garment printer, and the first sewing machine with a built-in scanner.

Yeah, your grandmother might not even know what to do with this thing. When the machine was launched in Europe earlier this year the price was around £7999.00 (USD $12,500). This one is for the serious diy-er who has some serious money.

Pandigital Personal Photo Scanner/Converter

Posted in Scanners by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

Pandigital has a new Personal Photo Scanner/Converter, which will scan a photo wherever you are and can convert it to a different resolution. Documents up to 8.5″ x 11″ in size can be fed through it and you can send them straight onto a SD memory card or Memory Stick at 600dpi resolution.

It would be pretty handy to archive a bunch of old photos and documents. The device will cost you $149.99. No word on whether it comes with a built-in battery or not, or will only be powered using USB.

CanoScan 9000F High-End Scanner now available in Japan

Posted in Canon by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2010

Canon has now released the CanoScan 9000F in Japan. The 9000F is a high-end scanner that delivers a maximum color resolution of 9600dpi with a color depth of 48 bits and offers improved scanning times. It can even scan up to four 35mm slides or twelve 35mm filmstrips at one time.

The CanoScan 9000F uses the Canon’s Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement Level 3 technology to remove dust and scratches. The Canon CanoScan 9000F high-end scanner retails for 25,980 Yen (or $284). Not a bad price for the features.

GRETA, the all in one portable office tool

Posted in Office Gadgets by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

GRETA’s portable fax machine also throws in a printer and scanner and is compatible with a GSM SIM card. So no matter where you are, if you have a strong enough signal you can send or receive faxes. But it isn’t just a printer/scanner/copier/fax machine combo that’s portable. You can also use it to make and receive calls. With a headset of course.

And yes, you can even use it for SMS messaging. All in one unit. This do it all device will set you back $793.99 and is available via T-Mobile.

Convert your slides and film negatives into digital prints with 35MM Slide Scanner

Posted in Scanners by Shane McGlaun on March 15th, 2010

Digital cameras are great things and even older folks like my parents are getting into taking digital photos today. My mom has a ton of photos from when I was a kid that she wants in digital format for her digital frame.

If the negatives are available from the old pictures, you can turn them into digital prints with 5MP resolution using the 35MM Slide Scanner from firstSTREET. The device needs no computer to scan the photos.

VuPoint Magic Wand Portable Scanner

Posted in Scanners by Conner Flynn on February 7th, 2010

The VuPoint PDS-ST410-VP Magic Wand is a portable scanner. Probably how Harry Potter chooses to scan his Hogwarts documents. This device can scan A4 pages with resolutions up to 600 x 600. It will scan a full resolution A4 page in about 28 seconds or a black and white page in less than 4 seconds.

You can also save scanned color or black and white documents on the microSD card. It will cost you $99.99 and it’s compatible with both Mac and Windows platforms.

KeyScan Keyboard with Integrated Scanner

Posted in Keyboards by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2009

KeyScan Keyboard with Integrated ScannerDo you do a lot of typing and scanning? If you do than the KeyScan Keyboard Scanner with an integrated document scanner may be just the thing you’ve been waiting for. This sheet fed scanner can scan at 24/48bits high quality (Color) or 8/16bits gray level and black & white.

It will scan flat documents up to 8.5″x30″ along with business card size 2″x3″ and even laminated cards. KeyScan offers a true optical resolution of 600 dpi and has an auto-scan feature that automatically starts scanning when you insert a document.

Doxie document scanner teased ahead of launch

Posted in Scanners by Shane McGlaun on August 7th, 2009

doxie-sbI hate teaser campaigns and even if the campaign shows you what the device looks like and gives you some specs, but doesn’t come clean it’s a teaser in my book. A new document scanner called Doxie is being teased by its manufacturer.

The Doxie is set to launch in November and ahead of that launch, the company is giving us a bit of info on the product. The scanner is black with little pink hearts; virtually ensuring guys won’t want one. The device can scan full size documents, photos, receipts, and business cards.

Turn your iPhone into a document scanner

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2009

Turn your iPhone into a document scannerThis simple cardboard stand makes capturing document images with your iPhone super easy. Typically if you try to scan a document by holding your phone, what you will get is a blurry image. This is a simple and low-tech solution.

The stand/dock was created by University of Cincinnati DAAP student Kyle A Koch. It holds the phone and the document in the perfect position to get a good picture. Like all good cardboard things, it arrives to you flat packed for just $16. Not bad.

3D scanner made from Legos

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

3D scanner made from LegosWe’ve seen some awesome Lego creations, and this one is just as cool. Philo Hurbain built this 3D scanner because he was looking for a way to model complex Lego parts for use in the LDraw CAD program.

Even the drive components and sensors are made from Lego pieces, except for the probe needle, which is apparently a sewing needle. The “brains” of the device is the Mindstorms NXT. Below, you can watch the device in action as it models a Lego frog.

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer

Posted in Review by Conner Flynn on September 21st, 2008

Hands on: Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One PrinterPrinters can go either way. I’ve found that they are generally terrible due to high expectations, or in some cases they actually live up to the hype. I can tell you straight away, the Epson WorkForce 600 All-in-One Printer lives up to and even exceeds the hype. First, it looks great and it’s not much bigger then your standard printer, so you don’t need a lot of extra desk real estate. That’s a good thing for anybody, but being designed for small and home businesses, it’s a huge plus to have a work horse that looks good and goes just about anywhere. Some of the features on the 600 include WiFi capabilities, laser quality printing, fast printing speeds, built-in memory card reader, and a super handy LCD to preview your pictures and operate the whole thing effortlessly.

Right out of the box you get an ethernet cable, power cable, driver/software disc, user manuals, even sample paper, a small bit of phone cable and the necessary printer cartridges. No USB cable, which is common and with the Wi-Fi capabilities you really don’t need one.

Ants now invading scanners, laptops may be next

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2008


Many of us go to extreme measures in order to keep pests out of our homes. Normally they’ll head straight for any crumbs that you’ve left on your floor or just blindly enter your dwelling as if for no apparent reason. They are easy enough to take care of. Start stomping or call in the verminators. But what do you do when insects start invading your tech?

One couple started noticing ants on their computer desk. They couldn’t quite figure out where they were coming from. There didn’t seem to be a problem anywhere else nearby. As you can see in the video, the work area is very clean. So the wife discovers that the printer isn’t working. The guy checks it out and finds that a small invading ant army had taken up residence in the scanner area. Pretty weird and makes you wonder where else they are that you don’t know about.