DocuPen Eases On-The-Go Scanning

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-03-01 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Portable scanners are nothing new, but the DocuPen from Planon System Solutions is small enough to make James Bond jealous.

Portable scanners are nothing new, but the DocuPen from Planon System Solutions is small enough to make James Bond jealous.

Released in January and priced at $199, the DocuPen measures 8 inches by 0.5 inches and weighs just 2 ounces. Its diminutive size doesnt affect its capabilities, though: The DocuPen can scan and store as many as 100 full pages with its 2MB of flash memory.

Using the scanner on the go, however, takes getting used to. The DocuPen must be manually pulled across a page. I had no problem scanning documents at my desk, but performing the same task in the cramped confines of an airplane seat took practice: If I moved the DocuPen too quickly, the scan was blurry. If the scanner was moved crookedly, the entire scan was crooked.

Once you get the hang of it, the DocuPen can scan a full page of text and/or graphics in 4 seconds. The device works in 100-dpi and 200-dpi modes, and scan quality is decent.

The scanner comes with ScanSofts PaperPort optical character recognition software, which lets users translate scans into editable text. The DocuPen connects to a computer via a serial port or USB.

The scanners only major drawback is its use of expensive 1.55-volt silver-oxide watch batteries.

For more information, go to www.planon.com.

 
 
 
 
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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