Wireless printers, wireless gamepads, wireless charges, the whole nine yards… You’ve seen it all till now.
But there wasn’t any wireless mouse scanner existing on Earth, until the Hong Kong based company DTOI (Design to Innovation) came out with Zcan Wireless – the world’s first wireless mouse scanner.
It features a design of a standard optical mouse, but doesn’t include a cord and includes a miniaturized scanner that enables users to scan text and images instantly.
Anyone needing to use a scanner to collect receipts, inspirational images or anything else of sorts from hard copy to digital, might be interested in this handy new gadget. Zcan Wireless will let you drop the oversized scanner, spread less clutter in your office, and own something much more portable.
The past few years has seen a few releases of computing mice that can turn into scanners, with the launch of gadgets like LSM-100 LG and the IRIScan mouse for Windows users. It now seems that technology can be advanced to a point where wireless communication technology and a built-in battery can be placed inside, without compromising comfort, size or functionality.
The Zcan Wireless communicates via 2.4 GHz wirelessly when used as a mouse and connects to a PC for scanning via WiFi. It features a scanner that utilizes SLAM Scan software that allows processing of images and text in real time, quick scanning, and sharing of contents with ease.
The software has been developed by Dacuda, a Swiss company that used the software for its own portable wireless scanner called PocketScan.
Connecting through WiFi and swiping a mouse over an image or a document will see it appear instantly on the monitor of the user. Images and text can be scanned up to a resolution of 400 dpi, and files can be saved as Word, Excel, TXT, PDF, TIFF, JPEG, BMP and PNG files. Zcan wireless is powered by a lithium rechargeable battery.
Moreover, the device supports over 199 Optical Character Recognition (OCR) languages and comes complete with a shortcut for Google Translate, allowing it to process scanned words and translating them into a different language quickly.
At present, the Zcan Wireless is compatible with Mac OS X 1.6 or higher, Windows 7 and 8, iPad 3 and iPad Mini 2, with support for iPhone 5 and 5s staled for the end of 2014.
The creator of the device is looking to raise US$30,000 on Indiegogo to ramp up production, create Android drivers and bring the device to the market. A pledge of $79 will have one of the devices shipped to you in October, if the campaign continues successfully.
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