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Tag Archives: Scanners

Plustek V100 BookReader Converts Printed Text To Audio Files

Plustek V100 BookReader (Image courtesy Plustek)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides the included OCR/TTS (text-to-speech) software and the company’s patented ‘SEE Technology’ which uses a curved lamp to reduce text distortion along the spine of a thick book, I don’t really see what sets this Plustek scanner apart from the cheaper versions you can find at most electronic stores. But I guess in this case the whole is greater than the sum of its parts because the Plustek V100 BookReader makes converting a page of text into an MP3 audio file as easy as clicking a single button.

The Plustek V100 can also do standard scanner stuff like converting a document into editable text or spitting out an email-friendly PDF file, but it’s the text-to-speech functionality that seems to be its real claim to fame. The V100’s price tag comes in at around $700, but since it doesn’t feature an auto page-turning mechanism, the real price is the amount of time you’ll have to spend manually flipping pages if you intend to convert an entire novel into an audiobook.

[ Plustek V100 BookReader ] VIA [ Cool Hunting ]

Skyla Memoir Digital Photo Frame Features A Built-In 4×6 Scanner

Skyla Memoir (Images courtesy Gearlog)
By Andrew Liszewski

For the most part there’s very little that distinguishes the hundreds of different digital photo frames on the market. But the Memoir from Skyla (the new consumer electronics division of LiteOn IT) will definitely stand out in the crowd since it features a built-in photo scanner that makes it easy for anyone to convert an old print into a digital photo. Because of the size of the frame the scanner is limited to handling 4×6 prints or smaller, but the 1GB of internal memory should be enough to store about 200 4×6 photos scanned at 600 dpi..

The Memoir also features pretty much everything else you’d expect in a ‘modern’ digital photo frame including an 800×600 resolution LCD, two USB ports for connecting flash drives or syncing the frame to your PC and support for MP3s, MPEGs and other image files. However I don’t see a mention of slots for compact flash or secure digital cards, but I’m going to assume those are included as well. The Memoir should be available in late December and will have an MSRP of $219.99.

[ Gearlog – LiteOn IT Introduces Skyla’s Memoir Scanning Digital Photo Frame ]

NeatReceipts NeatDesk Scanner

NeatReceipts NeatDesk Scanner (Image courtesy Ubergizmo)
By Andrew Liszewski

While I am the type of person who keeps track of their receipts and files them away in an organized accordion folder, I draw the line at scanning them into my PC. But I think my excuse of it being ‘too much work’ is losing ground. The NeatDesk from NeatReceipts is another scanner designed to make the whole process of creating digital copies of your receipts a lot easier thanks to software that can automatically recognize and record the dates and dollar amounts.

And while most receipt or business card scanners are designed as compact dedicated units, the NeatDesk can also accommodate regular 8.5×11 documents and can actually scan both sides in a single pass. The unit features dedicated slots for different sized documents (full pages vs. business cards) and there’s an easy to use PDF button on the front that will automatically scan and convert any document directly into a PDF file. With a supposed price tag of around $500 it’s a far cry from the cheapo $80 scanners available at most electronic stores these days, so I guess the real value must lie in the included software.

[ NeatReceipts ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]