Have you ever taken a picture of the board at the front of your ESL classroom? It’s actually a pretty good way to capture lots of notes in a hurry, but you won’t be able to edit those notes once the picture is snapped.
Some document scanners have built in text recognition, but it can take a while for the scanner bar to drag across the document. Sure, it’s only a matter of seconds, but if you have a big stack of documents to put through the scanner one page at a time, it can be a real inconvenience. In fact, this scanner bar technology (a one-dimensional sensor being dragged across a two-dimensional surface) seems just a bit out of date, doesn’t it?
Enter a new line of scanners described in Popular Science that incorporate digital camera sensors to capture an entire document at one time — no more waiting for the sensor to drag.
But wouldn’t it be nice to snap a picture instead of scanning a document? Well, it turns out there is an app for that. Scanner Pro (reviewed by cnet) turns your iPhone into a .pdf-producing document scanner. Forget trying to find a fax machine when you need to sign a document and send it to someone. Sign a document, then scan it and email it, all from your phone. There are other apps available for iPhones and iPods beginning at $0.99 and likely similar options for other flavors of smartphone as well. The future is here today!
Thanks to the OSU Yammer community for ideas and links used in this post.