May 9, 2012
Scanners are annoying. They’re loud, slow, and take up an inordinate amount of desk space. Plus, there are driver updates and proprietary software to deal with. Most of my experiences when scanning has just been used informally to send a document or a sheet of notes over to another individual. These scans do not have to be professional quality, and speed is really an important factor. Also, if I am on the road or away from my desk, emailing a document is impossible. Well Australian designer David Evans has come up with an unique solution that for some people might totally replace their scanner at home called ScanBox. David’s design is an incredibly simple trapezoidal box with a base that is just big enough for a normal 8.5″x11″ piece of paper. Placing a smartphone on top and centering the camera onto the small slot allows for a steady, high quality look at the paper below. This is obviously for people who have higher resolution cameras and probably will not work for night owls with poor light.
For those who need to send multiple documents a day and need them to be of the highest quality, then ScanBox is probably not a good fit. However, most of us are just looking for a quick way to share that page of notes or a photograph with a friend, in which case ScanBox works great. ScanBox also allows for “scanning” of 3-D objects which is obviously something normal scanners cannot do. No more waiting for a computer to open the scanner software and load the attachment, everything is done instantly with any smartphone. Sending image files is not ideal, I understand. That is why there is a corresponding app, already on the Play Store, called CamScanner which takes those scans and automatically converts them to .PDF form. Also, this app allows for multiple page scanning, advanced image processing, upload to cloud storage, and much more. So ditch that scanner and help David Evans change the way people send documents forever, and like all KickStarter projects, ScanBox cannot become a reality without your help.