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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The PocketScan surpasses US$50,000 on Kickstarter – Scanning the World of Images one Sweep at a Time

If you’re into Document Scanning and stealing secret info like a real spy, this next Kickstarter will be worth your pledge.
Introducing the PocketScan on Kickstarter, whose campaign went live on Monday June 16th 2014 and has already surpassed its goal as described in the article “A full-function scanner that fits in your hand transfixes Kickstarter”, published June 17, 2014 8:06 AM PDT  by Michael Franco, CNET News and “Meet PocketScan, an awesome little scanner with incredible powers”, published June 19, 2014 6:30 PM By Chris Smith, BGR.

Designed by Switzerland-based Dacuda, the PocketScan is a powerful little tool despite its diminutive size. The device is the brainchild of Design Engineer Alex Ilic, who apparently quit his job at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology to start his company Dacuda. Great move too, as he’s on a roll with his kickstarter funding round. Their team is as showed below.
As of launch date on Wed, July 16th 2014 7:41 AM EST, the PocketScan has raised some JA$207,865 from some 1,825 backers. As of Sunday June 22nd 2014, the PocketScan has some 23 days to go before their funding run is up and they’ve already blown past their original modest US$50,000 goal.

If you're reading this, you can still pledge, albeit most of the early bird pledges that's earn you a US$99 PocketScan are gone. Instead, you'll have to get it for US$149 and it'll come in white with other possible colours optional by Christmas Eve on December 2014. So basically, if your pledge now, you can basically cover Christmas shopping for the Office Scanning fanatic in your life.

The PocketScan – SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer made for Scanning the World of Images

Not only is this battery-powered device palm sized, roughly about the same size as an inkless Stamp, it packs built in Bluetooth synchronization capability with your Laptop or Workstation.
Scanning any text, images or graphic becomes a breeze, as this 2" x 3.75" x 1" device transfers data onscreen to a program of your choice while you scan the item with a scrubbing motion.

The design scale is amazing:

1.      Dimensions: 95 x 50 x 27 mm (2" x 3.75" x 1")
2.      Weight: 85g
3.      Battery: Li-Ion
4.      Scans: 400
5.      Connectivity: Bluetooth
It's also got some really neat tricks too:

1.      Converts scanned Tables into an Excel spreadsheet
2.      Converts Text into a Word document
3.      Real-time translation between 130 different languages of scanned text
The next time I go to Egypt, this would be great to have just to read hieroglyphics, albeit I'm sure that's probably not one of the languages it supports.

Still, this clever little devices ability to synch with any device that's Bluetooth enabled means it's a lot like Consumer Physics US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer as described in my blog article entitled “Consumer Physics US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer – Star Trek Tricorder that can scan the Molecular World”.

Only on any surface, one sweep at a time!
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