Here’s a gadget for those times when you need to capture information from old fashioned sources like magazines and books. It’s the IRIScan Book 2 mobile wireless A4 scanner from I.R.I.S. The IRIScan Book 2 scans images without the need of a computer. It comes in 2 versions. There is a $99 version which is Blue and powered by 2 AA batteries that will provide 200 page scans. Then there’s the Executive version which is Silver and features a rechargeable battery and Bluetooth for send scans to a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Both versions can scan in 300 – 600 DPI are compatible with Windows and Mac OS. Included software will turn your scanned documents into editable text files. The Book 2 cannera comes with Readiris 12 software, but if you want extra features, you can buy their latest version Readiris 14. This OCR software converts scanned documents, images or PDFs into more than 30 output formats including Word, Excel, Acrobat, e-Mail, HTML, XML, TXT and more. It can also automatically upload to the cloud to sites like Dropbox, Evernote, Google docs and Box.net. The IRIScan Book 2 is priced at $99 ($129 Executive version) and Readiris 14 is priced at $129 and $599 (corporate version).
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Or … You save all this money and make a picture of the text using a smartphone and Evernote.
Easy text recognition and your data backed up … For free !
Do you know if this facilitates converting text to audio? For example: For students on the go with textbooks with no digital alternatives (eBooks, etc.), could this ultimately facilitate a reader function?