It happened again! I opened a recent email, began scrolling down the list of new product offerings, and there it was: the Dacuda PocketScan Wireless Scanner! My initial thoughts were: “I have to have one of these. I must have one of these.”
For someone who works from home and in mobile mode, I immediately saw the upside of this device. With just a few waves of my hand, I could capture photos, texts, data, receipts, etc. The scanner’s compact, wireless design sends the images to your phone, notebook, or tablet via Bluetooth. When you scan text, you can edit documents in Word, tables in Excel, or translate text. I could make serious progress on the road to the paperless workplace.
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This pint-sized device could minimize the need for a regular-sized copier or scanner when I am away from the office. It would also reduce the number of items that I need to check out or borrow from the library, or bring home to read, copy, or scan. Portable and convenient, this personal scanner works great on all sized images—from large-scale books to just a portion of a page. It has a number of features, and here are some that I really like:
- 2-in 1-design functions as a portable scanner and text translator
- Portable size for easy and convenient scanning on-the-go
- Has own light source – scan in any lighting conditions
- Use with the PocketScan App, works on many compatible devices
- Bluetooth connectivity with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android (laptop, PC, tablet, or smartphone)
- High resolution scanning: >400 dpi
- Dimensions: 2″ x 1.19″ x 4″
- Weight: 0.22 lb
It also can provide instant feedback – Anything you scan is instantly displayed on the screen. It feels just like painting. It can scan anything – Move PocketScan across any document, drawing, text, texture or image. Even better, it translates everything you scan – It instantly recognizes text in over 60 different languages.
Dacuda is a Swiss software company offering a unique content capturing technology based on real-time image processing. Dacuda’s patented, proprietary SLAM Scan® technology enables fast data entry of text and images, instant editing, as well as easy sharing of contents.
The idea for the PocketScan was conceived following many frequent trips to the library and a need to use the scanner there if one was available for use. This sparked an idea for co-founder Michael Born: a smaller-scale scanner—minus the wires—would make it easy to capture images anywhere. “We believe that cameras are the gateway between the physical and digital world. Our technology makes cameras smart, empowering consumers to be more productive and more creative on-the-go. Our vision is to make 3-D content creation as easy as taking a video.”
Founded in 2009, Dacuda is a privately held computer vision company that pioneered a new way of scanning. According to PR Newswire, the company’s public launch happened exactly one year after PocketScan’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, which flew past its $50,000 goal and raised $542,732 in June 2014, making it one of the most successful projects in Kickstarter’s history.
Dacuda was also named as one of the Top 100 Swiss Startups each year from 2011 to 2014.
For more product info, go to http://www.dacuda.com.