Sunday - Apr 30, 2017

PocketScan – the world’s smallest wireless scanner


PocketScan claimed to be world's smallest wireless scanner

The tech savvy business traveller has to be prepared for any eventuality, especially if they are on a long business trip  far away from the office.

One of the problems that they may have encountered on these trips  is how to scan a document,  with conventional desktop  scanners  far too big and bulky to be included in any travel kit.

In recent years, a number of portable scanners have arrived on the market, which partially solves the problem, but they remain  just that little bit too large and heavy to justify being taken along on the journey.

However the good news is that Swiss-based software company Dacuda may well have solved that problem with the release of their new PocketScan, which the company claim is the world’s smallest wireless scanner.

Weighing in at just 85 grams (2.9 ounces) the Dacuda PocketScan portable wireless scanner measures just 50 x 27 x 20 mm (1.96 x 1.06 x 0.78 inches) making it a viable candidate for inclusion.

Powered by a rechargeable battery, estimated to be good for around 400 scans, the portable wireless scanner operates the same way as most other portable scanners, with a user only required to move the device steadily across the document.

Once scanned, the data is wirelessly transmitted via Bluetooth with Dacuda pointing out that their new and powerful lightweight device is capable of capturing documents at resolutions up to 400 dpi, and any size of document up to A3.

The content which is captured using the latest in OCR technology, which will immediately transform it into either editable text, tables as well as images. Compatible with Microsoft Office, once scanned all documents can be edited right away in Word format, tables in Excel spreadsheets and images can be seen in all leading graphics formats.

The Dacuda PocketScan portable wireless scanner is currently compatible with PC, Mac and iOS devices (with iBeacon support), with plans in the offing to allow to be connected to a number of other Android driven devices.

Powering the new PocketScan is Dacuda’s patented SLAM Scan software which has been programmed to combine robotic principles with real-time image analysis, with the software having been integrated with a text recognition framework providing support in more than 198 languages.

Dacuda have succeeded in surpassing their stage one funding round of $250,000 to allow production to get underway, and are now looking for an additional $250,000 for additional research and development scanner to improve the scanner’s capacity including allowing it to operate in text-to-speech mode.

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