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What a Difference 300 Years Make

By: cobinrox
on May 8, 2010 8:00 am

DIY scanners can be pretty complex

If you’ve decided that your e-book reader is your new body part, you may have stumbled upon some of the DIY book-scanner forums or sites such as  While the designs presented on the internet are intriguing, they are not always practical for klutzes.  Ahem.

So I was equally intrigued by this, the VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand Portable Scanner.

Other portable scanners (such as the DocuPen) have been discussed on the The-Gadgeteer, but this one is affordable and looks large enough for a decent sized scan.  It can be found on for $97.   Note as Julie mentioned in the DocuPen review, performing a scan sideways may render a better result with some hand-helds.


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    Bob Deloyd says:

    It’s be nice if the file format had PDF so I could go all paperless, but the scanner only does JPEG.

    Still at the price….

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    TC says:

    You can get a really nice scanner from NeatReceipts on Amazon for $139 which includes some decent software which will “scanalize” the document and do OCR from things like receipts.

    It will also output to PDF and organizes the documents for easy retrieval.

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