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CowTech Ciclop Is a 3D Scanner For Less Than $100


3D printing is awesome, but not without its drawbacks. For one, if you want to copy an existing object of yours, you have a bit of a challenge in front of you. You can either get to work on a 3D CAD program and recreate the piece, but that requires skills the average consumer doesn’t have. Or, you can scan it. 3D Scanners can be expensive though, which is why we’re impressed with the CowTech Ciclop by Jason Smith. It’s a kit that contains almost everything you need to made a scanner; what it doesn’t come with can be printed with your existing 3D printer. Included in your $99 are “lasers, a stepper motor, webcam, acrylic parts, CowTech-designed Arduino shield, Uno development board, power supply, and USB cord.” Features of this scanner include 0.5mm scan resolution, adjustable scan time (2-8 minutes), and a magnetic back cover for easy access to the electronics. Keep in mind this is an open-source project, and you will still need to have some basic knowledge of post processing programs to be able to take the point cloud file the scanner outputs and convert it to a .STL file that most printers can handle. Still, at $99 to be able to photocopy your objets, we think the CowTech Ciclop is a welcome addition to this burgeoning field.


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Deal Of The Day: 27% Off On Doxie Go Plus Portable Scanner


If you work on the road, you’ve likely needed to scan documents. There’s bunch of ways to do this, including taking a pic with your smartphone. But you probably know, the results are less than stellar. There is an alternative in the Doxie Go Plus Portable Scanner.

Tired of wasting space on piles of paperwork, old photos, and mementos? Doxie Go Plus makes it super easy to digitize all your paper, and create organized, easy-to-navigate catalogues. This compact model is perfect for taking anywhere, so you can get your scanning out of the way without a computer on hand. It’s small, it’s portable, it’s fast—it’s a welcome change of pace from the tedious flatbed scanners you’re used to.

LifeHacker’s Reader’s Choice

– Scan 300 pages per charge w/ the rechargeable battery
– Store up to 450 documents w/ no computer required (more w/ SD card)
– Scan a variety of page sizes – from business card up to legal sizes
– Speed through scanning tasks at 8 seconds per page
– Utilize the auto adjust function for smart cropping, contrast boosting & more
– Download the free app to organize, save & send scans to the cloud
– Use anywhere
– Scan at 300 or 600 dpi
– Sync scans via USB – so you can organize, create searchable multi-page PDFs (using ABBYY® OCR technology), save as JPEG/PDF/PNG to your favorite local apps & send to the cloud

Normally this cool scanner would set you back $179, but with today’s deal it’s $129. And always Free Shipping.


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Computer Mouse Doubles As Scanner

It’s a corded mouse, so it’s tempting to dismiss it as a useless trinket from 2005. But this mouse by King Jim Co. doubles as a document scanner. Just press a button on the side and it launches the related application. You’re then invited to move the mouse around over the document you want until it’s been entirely scanned. The document is scanned at up to 400dpi, which is pretty respectable, and then saved in one of several file formats. It doesn’t say however what kind of movements are required during the scanning process; whether you can just move it around the page randomly as we’d like to (and as the pictures suggest), or if you have to be more methodical. Regardless, it’s a useful feature to have in a mouse, and you’ll have to pay 11550 Yen ($114) for the privilege.

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SlimScan Receipt Scanner Is Credit-Card Sized

By David Ponce

Tax season is upon us. There. Did you break out in sweats? You could have avoided some major receipt wrangling had you methodically scanned them, instead of collecting them and putting them in that jar of yours. But scanning receipts on the go is tedious at best. Unless of course your scanner is so darn small it fits in your wallet. Like this SlimScan device from PlanOn. It measures a measly 2.0 x 3.1 x 0.12 inch (51x79x3mm) and is able to scan receipts that are up to 2.75 inch (70mm) wide and up to 36 inches (90 cm) long in 300 dpi resolution. Like for those office dinners or something. You place it edgewise on the receipt and drag it across. Up to 600 images are stored in its memory before they need to be transferred to a PC via USB. At that point you have a ton of options, including character recognition, editing, categorizing and even creating reports.

For $140, you can save yourself a few headaches and a decent chunk of change in unclaimed expenses.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

BodyMetrics Is The Body Scanner You’ll Want To Step Into

By David Ponce

Americans are getting used to the idea of full body scanners. Or maybe not. Either way, the BodyMetrics 3D scanner has much tamer goals than to sniff out your underwear explosives. Step into one and 8 PrimeSense 3D sensors will map your body’s shape and measurements, quickly and accurately creating 100 data points. Once your shape has been determined, the retail store will be better able to offer you clothing that complements your specific shape. Better yet, you’ll be able to store your profile online for later access when shopping from home. No more guesswork, or wishful thinking.

There’s only one BodyMetrics scanner at the moment. It’s at New Look, a global clothing retailer, at their newest location in the Westfield Stratford shopping complex. There is a chance you’ll be seeing more of these if the companies are successful in convincing other stores to go for them.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

LG’s Put A Scanner In This Mouse So You Can Free Up Desk Space

LG LSM-100 Smart Scan Mouse (Image courtesy LG)
By Andrew Liszewski

Of all the PC peripherals that gobble up your precious desk space, the flatbed scanner has to be the worst offender. If there happens to be one on your desk right now, I’m sure it’s buried under a mountain of papers and other crap that has to be cleared off on the rare occasion you actually need to scan something. So LG has done a real solid for anyone who hates desktop clutter. Their new LSM-100 Smart Scan mouse has a scanning head built into it, so it just takes a couple of passes back and forth whenever you have a document to scan.

It’s obviously not as easy as just slapping a page on a scanner bed and hitting go, but I’m assuming it comes with the necessary software to automatically stitch several passes of a scanned document together for you. It’s also got some OCR capabilities, which is a must have for any scanner, and the ability to spit out documents to a wide variety of formats. The $150 price tag (available at the end of August in Europe and internationally a little later) might not appeal to everybody though. Particularly since I’m going to assume this mouse has some extra bulk and heft to it, which can’t be fun to push around all day.

[ Gizmag – LG’s LSM-100 mouse that doubles as a scanner set for release ]

Plustek’s OpticBook 3800 Scanner Is Optimized For Digitizing Books

Plustek OpticBook 3800 (Image courtesy Plustek)
By Andrew Liszewski

Converting a CD to MP3 files is pretty much a one-step process these days. (Unless you’re really anal about how the tracks are ripped and compressed.) But converting a printed book into an eBook to enjoy on your eReader is far more involved. And while Plustek’s new OpticBook 3800 scanner doesn’t make it as easy as inserting a book and hitting go, it does provide some key advantages if scanning printed pages is a priority for you.

The leading edge of the scanning bed has an extremely thin bezel which facilitates scanning the pages of a book as close to the inner spine as possible. While the company’s ‘SEE’ or ‘Shadow Elimination Element’ technology removes the shadow and distorted text that usually appear close to the spine. The scanner’s lid also features a very generous layer of foam padding which helps flatten books or pages against the scanner bed, further reducing curved distortions on the scanned page. Unfortunately turning pages and processing each scanned image with the included collection of OCR software is left to you. Of course a machine that will do all of that for you does exist, for a mere $250,000. While Plustek’s alternative is just $300.

[ Plustek OpticBook 3800 ] VIA [ Wired Gadget Lab ]

Upcoming LG Mouse Gets A Scanner Built-In

By Chris Scott Barr

Your mouse; It points, it clicks. Don’t you sometimes wish that it could do so much more than that? What if it could scan documents? That could be useful, right? I’m sure there’s someone out there that gets excited at the prospect of waving their mouse over a sheet of paper in order to reproduce it digitally on their computer.

I could see this being useful for oversized documents that won’t fit on a normal scanner, but that’s really about it. Honestly, with a resolution of only 300dpi, I can’t say I’d be all that excited to use it. Maybe if they could increase that to at least 600 by the time they bring this thing to market, LG might be able to sell a few units.

[ LG ] VIA [ Engadget ]

I’m Pretty Sure I’m Not Special Enough To Own One Of These Special Edition Fujistu ScanSnap Scanners

Special Edition Fujistu ScanSnap Scanner (Image courtesy BoingBoing)
By Andrew Liszewski

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Fujitsu’s PFU subsidiary, their PFU Imaging Solutions Europe Limited division has commissioned a couple of special edition versions of the company’s ScanSnap S1500 and S1300 scanners. The units will be available in a limited run since they’re decorated by hand with a high-quality Urushi lacquer coating and gold powder embellishments including an eagle and the ScanSnap logo. There’s no doubt the results look fantastic, particularly when compared to the standard gray or black plastic housing of most scanners. So $2,200 for the S1300 and $3,200 for the S1500 almost seems like a bargain when you consider you’ll have the best looking scanner in the office.

[ PR – Special Design Edition: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 and S1300 ] VIA [ Boing Boing & David ]