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LG's Got a Mouse that Doubles As a Scanner

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

These days scanners aren’t exactly at the top of wish lists when it comes to must have pieces of tech so it makes sense that we don’t see all that many at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is supposed to showcase the most popular gadgets along with new and upcoming innovations.

However, there was at least one cool scanner at CES this year, even if it seemed a little gimmicky. Made by LG and sporting a handful of LEDs and a little mirror on the underside this peripheral does indeed scan and perform as a perfectly adequate mouse. According to USA Today, it’s a 300 dpi scanner and the price for the peripheral has not yet been decided. The mouse itself is just a regular, old wired USB mouse.

Scanning with the mouse seems pretty idiot proof; users initiate scanning by pressing the little ‘scan’ button on the peripheral. It should be available mid-year so there's plenty of time to think about whether or not you want one.

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    shovenose , January 9, 2011 8:12 PM
    interesting idea!
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    harth13 , January 9, 2011 8:42 PM
    only if I'm going to scan passports....not an A4
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    11796pcs , January 9, 2011 9:24 PM
    I don't even want to know how much that costs.
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    dragonfang18 , January 9, 2011 9:26 PM
    How accurate is the scanning? Like what if I wildly swing it around the page?
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    kronos_cornelius , January 9, 2011 9:34 PM
    Works as a James Bond toy !

    I've had the same scanner for 10 years, I don't see myself getting a new one... even if it breaks. I can just use my camera.
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    slothy89 , January 10, 2011 1:10 AM
    +1 kronos

    Cameras are more than adequate scanners for most purposes (ie what this mouse would be used for) and is FAR quicker for anything bigger than a credit card >.<

    I think they just got bored and thought "what can we add to a mouse that no-one else has?"

    interesting concept, but about 5 years too late....
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    alyoshka , January 10, 2011 5:27 AM
    Well, looks like a very handy peripheral but suppose I would like to select the scanning area??? Will the mouse work simultaneously or is it going to be like freeze image and then select....
    Could get annoying at times while playing Crysis although....
    But a really cool thing to have on the desk for people who don't have tons of scanning to do, just a once in a blue moon thing it'd be fine.....
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    razor512 , January 10, 2011 11:58 AM
    Seems cool but it is wired and seems to have a very small scan area. How many things does the average person scan, and on top of that how many of those things will be about the size of a credit card?

    The constraints are too much for it to be useful and knowing these companies and that they cant give a price range means that it will most likely be more expensive than a decent USB $30 scanner that can do a full 8.5x11 page with space left over and at 600 dpi.

    This is simple a case of a company wanting to be so secretive that they fail to consult with the consumers first before completely going out with the products.

    More intelligent companies (eg dell and logitech) since they had a couple of product failures in the past have started to do very early beta testing on some incomplete items to get an idea of if many consumers will even like the product enough to want to spend the asking price for it. (and have canceled a few products because of it)
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    wildwell , January 10, 2011 3:33 PM
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    bv90andy , January 10, 2011 3:51 PM
    kronos_corneliusWorks as a James Bond toy !I've had the same scanner for 10 years, I don't see myself getting a new one... even if it breaks. I can just use my camera.

    been there, done that. I've used a camera as a scanner for years up until I had to buy a new printer and got a multi-functional one. (HP, they suck, drivers AND hardware)
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    eddieroolz , January 10, 2011 5:02 PM
    Idiot proof, but meh...
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    gsacks , January 10, 2011 5:12 PM
    Yes to all the comments about cameras working as a scanner, but I can see a use case for this. But they need to make it in a form factor that makes sense for laptops. And it should be wireless.
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    christop , January 10, 2011 9:19 PM
    Might be good for business.
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    tayb , January 10, 2011 10:26 PM
    They better have some nice accompanying software to piece together full size documents from shaky-handed scanning people. Also, this software has to be stored in the mouse or the purpose of the device is lost.
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    dkant1n , January 11, 2011 5:17 PM
    I really don't see this as a killer product. Scanners are very cheap these days (or a multifunction printer) and you get a very good quality scann. As harth13 says the problem will be large scanns, and by large I mean A4 for this mouse
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    highflyer24 , January 12, 2011 3:05 AM
    I saw it at the booth - amazing stuff. It can even scanned things larger than A3!
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    terrabait , January 13, 2011 7:36 AM
    highflyer24: +1

    Maybe this video will answer some questions: