No word on pricing or availability *cough* ?
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Remember those handheld documents scanners that became all the rage in the late 1980s? LG is bringing them back, kind of, by building scanner tech into… a mouse. LG LSM-100 mouse scanner photo The LSM-100 comes with software able to convert pictures of letters into text files - hopefully with rather better accuracy than its …
"There's no word on the LSM-100's pricing or availability - LG will be saying more at the IFA consumer electronics show next week."
"No word"? They've been available at some UK retailers for some time. I saw them online (and in stock) at Dabs/BT Business a few weeks ago, and they're also readily available on Amazon, ballpark of £90.
The demo videos/reviews from their launch (CES I think?) look quite effective, particularly with large or odd shaped objects bit have still not been convinced enough of a need to get one...
Late '80s seems a bit early to me, maybe there were some but wasn't the timeframe in which they became "all the rage" more like the early 90s, around contemporary with windows 3.1/WfW? I've been trying to google their history and couldn't find much but Mustek claim at http://www.mustek.com.tw/html/must/about_us2.html to have developed a whole bunch of "world's first [size/color depth/dpi] handheld scanners" starting no earlier than '89 for sampling and '90 for products.
Can anyone else find any earlier references?
...where you have to have the hands of a brain surgeon to scan anything without stretching, shrinking or warping of the resultant image? As I recall, this is why flat-beds owned the hand-held scanners all over the place, despite hand-helds being able to stitch together just about any size of image and flat-beds being largely limited to A4 max.
I guess this mouse could work as a good quick text scanner, if the OCR is up to much. £90 is damned pricey though.
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