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This Wand-Like Scanner Doesn't Need a PC

Optical character recognition (OCR) software developer I.R.I.S launched on Tuesday a new wand-like hand-held scanner called the IRIScan Book 2. This device allows users to scan books, documents, magazines and photos anytime, anywhere without the use of a computer by saving documents directly onto an included SD card.

According to the company, the base model is cordless and powered by two AA batteries, lasting 200 page scans before the batteries need to be switched out. Scans can be in black/white or color with resolutions of 600 and 300 dpi. No driver installation is required -- simply connect the scanner with the included USB cable or insert the MicroSD card into the computer to access the files.

I.R.I.S. is now offering the gadget in two flavors: the $99 consumer version -- IRIScan Book 2 -- offered in blue, and a $129 "Executive" version that features an integrated rechargable battery, Bluetooth connectivity, and a silver finish. Both versions of the scanner come bundled with Readiris Pro 12 (for PC and Mac) to process the scans.

In addition to the scanner, the company also released Readiris 14, the company's latest OCR solution which can automatically upload documents to a cloud-based service like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive and more.

"Compatible with both Windows and Mac, Readiris 14’s revolutionary high-quality compression technology (iHQC) reduces images and PDFs into fully searchable PDF documents up to 50 times smaller than the original, which is compliant with any PDF viewer," the company said. "This user-friendly software has the best multiple-lingual OCR on the market and can recognize more than 130 languages including Asian languages, Arabic and Hebrew."

Designed for individuals and businesses, Readiris 14 is now available in Pro or Corporate versions for $129 and $599 respectively. Readiris 14 Corporate can recognize up to five different languages in a single document, upload to SharePoint and Therefore, and comes with Cardiris Pro 5, which manages business card contacts.

"Readiris 14 boosts productivity and saves time, setting the standard for portable scanning on the market today in terms of speed and accuracy," said Jean-Marc Fontaine; Director of Sales and Operations, Americas at I.R.I.S. "Whether you are a student, businessman or road warrior, Readiris is a powerful tool when paired with any scanner, especially one of our portable scanners like the IRIScan Book 2."

For more information about the IRIScan Book 2 handheld scanner, head here.

  • Too big for my secret espionage missions. :P
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  • danwat1234
    But how do you know if it was a good scan or not without plugging it into a computer? Oops I scanned too fast on that one, oops I was jerky and at an angle on that one, oops bad lighting on that one.
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  • whimseh
    People use SD cards?
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  • magicandy
    whimsehPeople use SD cards?
    The majority of laptops, store-bought desktops, and tablets come standard with an array of removable storage readers, so.......yes. All-in-one USB-based readers are cheap as hell too for the few with aging setups that lack pre-installed readers.
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  • master_chen
    This Wand-Like

    And here I hoped that it really would look like a dildo...oh well.
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  • zak_mckraken
    master_chenAnd here I hoped that it really would look like a dildo...oh well.This can still be used as a cheap home-made gyno exam.
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  • dark_lord69
    whimsehPeople use SD cards?What kind of dumb comment is that?
    SD cards are the most common type of memory card.
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  • f-14
    whimsehPeople use SD cards?let me guess you're still using floppys?
    bluray?
    what have you got that's better than SD?
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  • master_chen
    f-14lwhat have you got that's better than SD?
    Micro SD! >:3
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