The PocketScan's Kickstarter campaign is just about done, having blown by its goal and first two stretch goals, but its larger than life development might just be starting. Billed as "the world's smallest wireless scanner," this little widget wants to freehand scan anything you can imagine, from the predictable photo-preserving and media digitizing to uploading functional spreadsheets, text recognition and even language translation. It will sport Microsoft Office integration and Bluetooth compatibility with Windows, Mac and iPad operating systems, and now iPhone and Android too. It promises to deliver higher resolution than 400 dpi, with an internal lighting system that keeps colors accurate and without glare even in low-light rooms.
This kind of tool seems particularly helpful as our work environments get more and more portable. If the demonstration videos are any indication, the stitching is pretty impressive, and the 2014 delivery date is similarly impressive. So say its creators, "it's the fastest scanner at hand and always works." That's the kind of comprehensive and moderate promise I like to hear about my as-yet-unreleased tech products.