Two Different and Useful Means of Scanning by IRIScan

I found an article from five years ago where TechnoMark talked about how he would like to get his hands on a scanner that was a computer mouse. Well, thanks to IRIScan, he’s getting his wish with this IRIScan Mouse Wifi, as well as another type of scanner they sent called the IRIScan Book.

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The IRIScan Mouse Wifi works with both Windows and Mac, and is great for scanning documents on the go. It’s really simple to scan- with just a click of the button, and swiping the mouse over things you want to scan. After that, you can convert your scan into whatever output format you need- i.e. JPG, PNG, PDF, etc.

You have the ability to scan text in foreign language, and Google Translate connector will read them out loud to you as long as you have internet connection.

Included in the package is a special mouse pad with a clear cover you can lift to insert small cards in to hold them in place in order to scan. Once a business card is scanned in, CardIris, the provided business card recognition software, will convert the scan to digital contact information you can use in g-mail, Outlook, and the like. It’s also really easy to share pictures to Dropbox, Facebook, etc.

This great little device retails for $129.

Another great scanner by IRIScan is the Book 5. This device comes with an SD card, a USB cable, and even a pouch to put it in. This 11 x 1 1/2 inch wand fits easily into your hand, and allows for quick scanning- faster than running things through a normal scanner. You can scan a page of a book or magazine in as fast as 1 second for black and white, low quality resolution. It takes about 4 seconds for high quality color resolution.

This video shows more about this product.

For $20 more, you can buy the wi-fi edition of the product, which eliminates the need for the USB cord connection.

The Book 5 is valued at $129 as well. 

So which should you get? Well, if you want to scan a lot of pages of books, the Book 5 is probably the best. If you have a lot of little things like business cards and want to have your scanner handy in your mouse, then that would be the way to go. Maybe you want one of each!

IRIS does not sponsor the GeekChurch, but they did send us these products to review for free. As always, these reviews are done without bias.

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Flip Pal OneI have to admit that we live in an age where we all have digital content now, on our smartphones, tablets, computers, and pretty much everything else. Most of us have a scanner in our home, but the Flip-Pal gives you a very portable scanner that is about the size of a book.

This scanner is powered by 4 AA batteries that are included with the product. The moment you turn it on, the small screen asks for the date, which is easily programmed in using the four arrow key buttons.

The Flip-Pal has a lid that you put down on your subject like any other scanner, and it is perfect for photo prints. For example, my mother, who has yet to embrace the digital age, sent me some photos of me, and I scanned them here. The tiny screen that I mentioned earlier showed me a perfect scan.

The best part is getting to my computer was easy. The Flip-Pal comes with a 4GB SD memory card, that I was able to eject and put in my computer. If your computer doesn’t have an SD card slot, there is a USB to SD adapter included.

Flip Pal TwoI haven’t even got to the best part just yet. The Flip-Pad is so named because unlike other scanners, you can just remove the lid and scan something. Seriously, you can just get a magazine, newspaper, or any print material and just lay the Flip-Pad on it. You can even look through the Flip-Pad and watch it as it scans. Of course, what you scans appears on the tiny screen, and the resolution is pretty good.

There is also a way to scan bigger things, with some EasyStitch software that can combine multiple scans to make a larger image.

So, I believe that the primary audience for this is scrapbookers. There is even some StoryScans software that combines the recorded voice with a scan so you can create some good memories.

If this sounds like something that you are wanting, and I might have to recommend it to everyone, it can be purchased on the Flip-Pal site for about $149.99.

Our Review of the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

Fujitsu ix100It seems like we are beginning to live in a more paperless society every day, which means we need devices in order to make a better transition. This is where products like the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 come in.

The ScanSnap iX100 is this thing that you see before you, a small scanner that is about the size of your forearm. It scans any document (A4 or 8 x 11 sized) at 300 dpi at 5.2 seconds.

Set up is pretty simple, but I didn’t use the CD Rom, but went online to find the drivers. It took a while for it to download, but once the scanner was hooked up to my computer, it did its job rather well. You can see a later scan of some Calculus equations that I’ve been brushing up on. Yeah, I do that, and it’s a long story why.

CalculusOnce I was done scanning a document, I had several options of what to do with it. The easiest is to just save it on my Computer, but most scanners do that. What makes the ScanSnap iX100 excellent is you don’t need to have a router to make it work wirelessly.

Yes, the iX100 has built in Wi-Fi in order to detect the network environment at home. What really makes this feature excellent is how you can scan to your PC, Mac, or your Mobile Devices. From there, you can use some really cool software like ScanSnap Organizer to create some filing cabinets, CardMinder for capturing information on business cards, and ScanSnap Receipt for getting information off of receipts. There is also ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap to scan most printed documents to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also use cloud services such as Evernote, Google Doc, and more.

That’s right, the ScanSnap iX100 is portable and wireless. It is good for 260 letter-size documents on a full charge, and weighs less than a pound. Did I mention that it can do 2-page spreads?

All in all, it is quite a good product. If you want it, head on over to the Fujitsu site and pay about $229.00 for it.

Scanadu is a working tricorder

Scanadu SCOUTIt really seems like we are living in a future era with technology that is practically connected to our bodies, just so we can get the ideal workout.

I was very pleased to see that the medical science from Star Trek is coming to life with the Scanadu. Their booth had some replicas of tricorders from the show, so I kind of get the feeling that they are really taking this tricorder thing to the extreme.

Scanadu (rhymes with “Xanadu”) could easily usher in an era of digital health care as the Scout is designed for analyzing and tracking a patient’s vitals like temperature, respiratory rate, oximetry, ECG, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure in about 10 seconds.

Scanadu was funded very quickly on Indiegogo, and it clearly has a place in the world of modern medicine. The company is also working on new technology known as ScanaFlo, which will work with a doctor’s smartphone in order to give a complete urine analysis test in minutes.

All I have to say is: Bones would be proud, and all the other Star Trek doctors in between. You can find out more about it here.

Our Hands-on Review of the SimpleScan SP Simplex

Snapscan simplex 1I did a recent review of an item where I liked the product, but the PR person who gave it to me seemed to think that I didn’t. I went ahead and changed any wording on the review so it was more positive, but the PR person was not satisfied, even going so far as to ask me to remove the review entirely. For the sake of anonymity, I won’t say what the product was, and this is why I bring this up:

I like the SimpleScan SP Simplex. I really do. Now, this is a hands-on review, so I am going to say a few things that I had troubles with when I used it. I can honestly say that these obstacles were overcome, and I will tell you how to overcome them so you can use this scanner which I highly recommend.

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My Review of the HoverCam MiNi 5

mini5_connectedI have reviewed products from HoverCam before like the Neo3, but I saw the MiNi5 at CES last January, and I was pleased to try it out for myself.

The HoverCam MiNi 5 is “the world’s smallest 5MP USB Document Camera”. Yes, that is a quote from the company, and so is a picture of the MiNi 5 next to a candy bar and a pen to show its small size.

The HoverCam definitely needed to be smaller, and it has all the things necessary to be a webcam/scanner. I suppose the proper term would be pocket-sized scanner. It comes with software that you can access the moment you plug in the MiNi 5, and you can see images closer than a magnifying glass. It has 5 MP Resolution, for very clear images. It also has autofocus, and has a fast refresh rate as well.

The software involved has a lot of bonuses like a Contact software like a digital Rolodex, and you can connect via Facebook and LinkedIn. Then there is the HoverCam memo software, which allows any receipt to be scanned with the click of a mouse, or even the wave of the hand.

You will note in the image that the HoverCam MiNi 5 can be plugged right into the side. However, if you want to, you can use the included MiNi 5 holder and included USB cord to do other angles. It really works quite well, and it is quite original.

If you are wanting to get this, and you are willing to ignore the weird spelling of the MiNi 5, you can get it on the Hovercam site for $249.00.