Z Corporation has unveiled its latest 3D scanner that claims to be the world's most affordable 3D scanner. It may well be the world's most affordable, but it is still hugely expensive with an MSRP of $28,900. The scanner is designed to capture 3D data and put the data into a computer.
I am not a Mac user myself, but I know a few people who are and one of the biggest challenges can be getting software that is compatible with the Mac OS. Windows users take new devices for granted since most everything for computers supports Windows.
Plustek revealed the next flatbed scanner in their OpticBook line today called the A300. This scanner is in large format and is intended to be used to scan books or anything that's bound and normally difficult to fit on a regular scanner.
This new scanner is capable of scanning 12 x 17-inch A3 pages. It can do so at a rate of 2.4 seconds and works with even very thick books. And for your convenience, your scans will convert to PDF automatically.
It can adjust for the distortion caused by the curve of a book's spine and automatically convert scanned text into image files. You can get the OpticBook A300 soon, though pricing information is not yet available.
Scanning pictures has become so common and readily available to the general public that people are doing it at home from their desks. Even some new digital picture frames can scan a photo. What happens when users would like to scan a 3D object and have it modeled on their PC?
I can't say that I've really had the urge to scan photos while out and about, but maybe some of you have. For those of you that have needed images scanned on the spot, you'll definitely make use out of the PhotoLink Handheld Scanner from Pandigital.
LiteOn have unveiled a digital photo frame capable not only of displaying pictures but of scanning them in. The Skyla Memoir is an 8-inch display with 1GB of internal storage; it can scan up to 6 x 4 inch pictures at up to 600dpi resolution.
Demo video of the Skyla Memoir in action after the cut
I don't have a dog, which is probably a good thing as I bore terribly easily and playing with it all the time would soon lose its charm. FetchBot might be one way of alleviating said-boredom (both for me and the pooch): built from the guts of an old AGFA scanner, it fires tennis balls for your dog to catch while sparing your delicate arms.
Check out the video demo of the FetchBot after the cut
If you're tired of your scanner just doing its job and not even bothering to look cool you might check out this DIY project. Let's face it, Legos are the about as bad ass as you can get, so a scanner made almost entirely out of Lego bricks is perfect.
Samsung have announced two compact color laser printers, one of which is apparently the "world's smallest" while the other trades off size to gain a flatbed scanner. The CLP-315K, the record-breaker, is 20-percent smaller than its CLP-300 predecessor and yet has "drastically" improved print quality. In numbers, that works out to 2,400 x 600 dpi maximum resolution, 16ppm black prints and 4ppm color prints, with 32MB of internal memory. All that with just 45dB noise output.
Robots are picking up quickly, just take a look at this little bugger which managed to go into a more or less unexplored silver mine in San Jose and scan the whole thing. It was equipped with a laser scanner and made more than 80 scans a day creating over 100 million data points that formed the map.