Camera scans books

The scanner detects when a document is place beneath it.


piQx Imaging claims its camera-based document scanner is much easier to use than flatbeds, more portable, and offers “professional image quality.”

When a document or book is placed on a desk under the camera, it is automatically detected and scanned, and the result is cropped, rotated and orientated on the PC screen.

If a document needs to be held flat — just do so “in the most intuitive way,” the company says, “with your fingers. The software will remove the fingers from the image automatically.”

The $199 XCAN 1scans up to A4 or letter size pages. The flip-phone-sized device attaches to the back of a laptop. The 8 megapixel document camera scans at 300 dpi.