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Fund This: PocketScan Mobile Scanner For On-the-Go Scanning

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Most people turn to their phone camera when they need to get a copy of something when they’re out of the house. It doesn’t give the same results as a scanner would, obviously, but it gets the job done. However, you’ll be putting your camera away soon though because the PocketScan Mobile Scanner is here and it was made for one thing, and one thing only: to scan documents and pictures when you’re away from home or out of the office.

It’s sleek, it’s small, and it’s compatible with Windows and OSX computers and iOS tablets. PocketScan provides instant feedback while it’s scanning and can scan up to 400dpi. It also has optical character recognition (OCR) so you can extract text from documents so you can edit them later on a word processor.

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CES 2014: The iSense is a 3D Scanner for the iPad

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Now you can do more with your iPad with the iSense. It’s a 3D scanner for the iPad by 3D Systems which will be launching later this year. It was designed with convenience in mind, as users simply have to snap the device onto their iPads and it’ll be good to go. The iSense will be compatible with apps that are made for Occipital’s Structure Sensor and is ideal for applications in physical photography.

Rajeev Kulkarni of Consumer Products explains: “iSense has the most diversity in its class for scan size and can capture everything from a delicious cupcake to a full body selfie, processing in seconds to a 3D printable, and comes with powerful, intuitive software that lets the user crop and enhance with easy and automated tools.”

On usage, he adds: “Users simply attach the iSense to an iPad, and they can literally walk around and scan entire objects or environments obtaining a photorealistic copy of the real thing. iSense is powered by the same software as 3DS’ popular Sense scanner.”

The 3D Systems iSense will be priced at $500.

VIA [ Engadget ]

TellSpec Is A Real-Life Tricorder For Your Food

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Imagine being able to point a device at a piece of food and having it tell you exactly what ingredients and chemicals are in it. Well, that’s exactly what the TellSpec claims to be able to do.

The device utilizes a small Raman spectrometer, a unique cloud-based algorithm and a simple smartphone app. Scanning a food item on the plate or in a shopping aisle is as simple as aiming TellSpec at it and pushing a button. It beams a low-powered laser at the item and analyzes the reflected light waves to identify the chemical makeup of the food.

The team behind the TellSpec analyzed 3,000 different foods and created an expansive database based on the spectrographic signature of those foods. Technically, it’s also able to analyze foods that aren’t in this database, with a claimed 97.7% accuracy. However, there are limitations. It’ll scan the surface of foods, but anything buried beneath an opaque layer won’t register, for instance; it’ll tell you what’s in the Twinkie dough, but stay mum on its delicious filling. The team is also hoping to expand on the database by allowing end users to add to it.

TellSpec will set you back $320 with a pledge to their fully-funded IndoeGogo, with shipping slated for August 2014.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Conceptual ‘Copy & Paste’ Tool is a Portable Scanner and Printer In One

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Do you copy and paste stuff a lot when you’re on the computer? It simplifies a lot of tasks and doesn’t take more than few seconds to do if you’re familiar with the usual shortcuts. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could somehow do the same in real life?

That’s what the folks behind the Copy & Paste tool are envisioning with their concept design. It looks like one of those scanning guns that cashiers use to scan the code on the stuff that you’re buying. Only this time, you’re supposed to move the device over whatever it is you want to copy and paste.

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Scan and Print in 3D with Zeus

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You can’t do much with just a 3D printer. The same can be said for a 3D scanner. But the possibilities are endless if you put both together, and that’s what AIO Robotics has done with Zeus. It’s a 3D scanner and 3D printer in one, so you can scan whatever it is you want to print and then print it in a jiffy.

It offers convenience that other gadgets already available in the 3D printing sphere don’t offer. Zeus has been in development for the last five years, so you can be sure that a lot of thought and work went into it.

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GO!Scan 3D is a Point and Shoot 3D Scanner

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3D printing is all the rage these days. There’s no shortage of 3D printers on the market, but there are limited choices when it comes to 3D scanners. One is the Photon scanner, which generated a lot of buzz a few weeks ago and is currently up for funding on Indiegogo. Then there’s the GO!Scan 3D, which is basically a 3D scanning gun.

Manufacturer Creaform boasts that it can provide the ‘easiest portable 3D scanning experience’ with it being a point-and-shoot and all. The GO!Scan weighs 2.4 pounds, so it’s lighter than most scanners out there and makes it the most portable of its kind. Since it easily fits into a carry-on case, you can take it with you to scan stuff on the go.

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Photon 3D Scanner Unleashes the Power of 3D Printing

Photon 3D Scanner

So you’ve got a 3D printer. Now what?

A number of projects have revolved around producing 3D printers that are affordable and portable so that anyone who wants one can own one. This is in addition to the printers that are already available on the market. Let’s see. There’s the MakerBot, the Gigabot, the RigitBot, the Form 1, the Cube… I think it’s safe to say we now have a rich selection to choose from when it comes to 3D printers. The problem now is getting templates for the stuff you want to print.

Not everyone has the technical skill or know-how to create CAD drawings or 3D models, and there’s only so much that you can download off the Internet. It’s precisely for these reasons why the Photon 3D Scanner is a godsend.

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