Another holiday is just lurking around the corner so it’s the right time to make another suggestion for you, technology lovers. You could buy your loved one a Pen Sized Scanner by Hammacher Schlemmer, at only $155 USD to help her organize her favorite magazine articles, recipes or discount offers on a computer. Or, better yet, buy it for yourselves!
by Oana Coșman
The device is a ballpoint pen that laser-scans documents as easily as it scribes notes. A high-precision auto-focus lens and 5-megapixel sensor built into the pen scan letters, recipes, or important documents as crisp, clear 2048 x 1536 pixel images. Pressing the shutter button halfway projects a visible red laser frame onto a document, and the pen automatically focuses the image just before the picture is taken.
The device has 1 GB of built-in flash memory that holds up to 1,000 scanned pictures in JPEG format and the pen also captures voice memos in WAV format with the integrated microphone. Twisting the pen apart reveals a USB plug that downloads scanned images to a computer.
Made from anodized aluminum, the pen switches from writing to scanning mode with a turn of a dial. Captures up to 300 images after a one-hour charge via USB.
This gadget is compatible with Mac OSX, Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.