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Plustek OpticBook A300 flatbed scanner launches

Plustek OpticBook A300 flatbed scanner launches

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....

FetchBot DIY dog-ball launcher

FetchBot DIY dog-ball launcher

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

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DIY NXT Lego Scanner

DIY NXT Lego Scanner

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.

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Samsung announces World’s Smallest color laser printer

Samsung announces World’s Smallest color laser printer

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.

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