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Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

When you mention the name Adobe to most computer users, they will most likely thing of Photoshop and its kin of creative and graphics software. The company, however, has also made a mark in the productivity and office market with products like Acrobat and its more recent Document Cloud suite. Today it is taking another shot at it, threatening the likes of Microsoft and Evernote in the process. Its Acrobat Reader app on iOS and Android has just gotten a new Scan feature that lets users scan anything and convert them into PDFs, all for free.

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The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

An update to the Google Photos app collection has suddenly made Google the master at capturing long-lost memories in vintage photos. Google's newest app in this collection of photo-friendly apps is PhotoScan, an app that's set for action on both Android and iOS. This app allows users to "scan" their photos with their smartphone in a way which allows the device's processor to edit out curves, bends, glossy reflections, and other oddities.

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Epson FastFoto FF-640 can scan one photo per second

Epson FastFoto FF-640 can scan one photo per second

Epson has unveiled a new photo scanner meant to help people organize and restore their old photo collections. The scanner is called the FastFoto FF-640 and it was designed to help people save all those old photos from the pre-digital era easily and quickly by scanning a photo each second. In addition to scanning photos very quickly it can also restore faded photos to their original color.

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Czur scanner lets you create a custom digital library

Czur scanner lets you create a custom digital library

Bookworms who like to be able to keep all of their favorite books on a digital reader, but don’t want to buy all of their favorite print titles over to get them in digital versions can take advantage of the Czur scanner. The scanner is made specifically for scanning their books and documents in printed or written form into the digital world.

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Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable

Pixelio uses your smartphone to make a 3D scanning turntable

A company from the UK has a new product called the Pixelio that is designed to scan objects in 3D. The turntable uses your smartphone as the major electronics for the scanning system. In addition to scanning objects in 3D, the Pixelio can also shoot 360-degree images and time lapse videos. The company is aiming the device at 3D printers, architects, engineers, graphic designers, and people who sell items on online sites.

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XYZ Printing Handheld 3D Scanner uses Intel RealSense tech

XYZ Printing Handheld 3D Scanner uses Intel RealSense tech

During IFA 2015 XYZ Printing unveiled a new handheld 3D scanner aimed at people who want to get 3D models of objects and people into the computer. The scanner uses Intel RealSense technology and produces full color 3D models. Since the scanner is handheld, it can produce full color images of objects just about any shape.

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Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Raspberry Pi 2, Kinect make for a handy 3D scanner

Microsoft may have hit on a mixed jackpot with the Kinect. While Xbox gamers might consider it a very optional, sometimes even unwanted, accessory, makers and tinkerers have flocked to it for how it made 3D scanning technology available the masses at an affordable price. However, it requires to be connected either to an Xbox or to a PC in order to function, which puts hard limits on its portability. But throw in a Raspberry Pi 2 into the mix, one of the most portable computers around, and you're good to go. Literally.

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Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

Google’s Project Tango sales “opening up more broadly”

The public may very well be able to get their hands on a Project Tango tablet in the near future with an update coming down today. Those that've reserved this 3D-scanning tablet as a developer but have not chosen to purchase as of yet are receiving an email today which suggests that Google is "opening up sales more broadly" so those that've reserved a unit should go ahead and jump in now. They've also given the half-price special to these users, just as they did for developers attending Project Tango sessions at GTC 2015.

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Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

Caltech designs smartphone camera chip capable of 3D scanning

As one of the most popular new technologies, 3D printing is likely to continue its rapid growth in the consumer market over the next few years. With 3D printers becoming more common in homes, another possible growth might be in the use of 3D scanners. Users find something they'd like to make a replica of, and with a few quick photos they can go home and get to work. This could become even easier than expected, as a team of researchers at Caltech have designed a new camera chip that would allow your smartphone to take those 3D scans.

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Buddha statue contains mummy in “advanced state of meditation”

Buddha statue contains mummy in “advanced state of meditation”

The man inside this statue is dead according to conventional knowledge and science - but don't tell him that. The Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort has taken to scanning this particular fellow recently. The only Chinese buddhist mummy "available in the West for scientific research," they say, and Erik Bruijn, buddhist art and culture expert, is in charge of the project. Under his care, this reliquary - as its being called - has been under close watch, and ceremonies before scans have been implemented.

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DIY Atlas 3D scanner uses Raspberry Pi for high resolution scanning

DIY Atlas 3D scanner uses Raspberry Pi for high resolution scanning

There are several 3D scanners on the market today that you can buy already put together, but those devices can be very expensive to purchase. A new 3D scanner has turned up that is a DIY device that you build yourself. The Atlas is designed to be inexpensive to build and to offer high resolution scanning and to do so it uses a cheap Raspberry Pi for the brain.

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Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Doxie portable scanner lets you go paperless

Many people have a drawer in the kitchen where they shove all sorts of receipts and papers that you may not want to throw away, but know deep down you probably won’t need again. A pair of new portable scanners have launched that are aimed at helping you to go paperless with receipts and other paper so you can toss them and still keep records. The scanners are the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi.

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