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LG Working on a Mouse/Scanner Hybrid

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LG said that it plans to showcase a mouse/scanner hybrid peripheral next week during IFA 2011. Unfortunately, pricing and availability is still unknown.

Wednesday LG Electronics revealed plans to showcase its new LSM-100 hybrid at the IFA 2011 tradeshow in Berlin which begins September 1. The device is a combination of a mouse and a handheld scanner, allowing the user to simply hold the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse, and then swipe over any material (artwork, document etc) on a flat surface. The resulting scanned image can then be saved as PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PDF, XLS and DOC, or dragged and dropped into the desired application.

"The LSM-100 is also equipped with LG’s Optical Character Recognition technology, which converts scanned text into a Microsoft Word document that can then be edited and manipulated as the user sees fit," the company said. "By eliminating the need to retype text from print media onto the screen, Optical Character Reader saves users a great deal of time."

LG said that the scanner aspect can take in sizes up to A3 (11.7 x 16.5-inches) which is larger than most conventional portable scanners. The LSM-100's scanning technology has also reportedly been upgraded to handle faster pass-over rates, meaning that scanning an A3 sheet won't take forever – it can actually be done "smoothly and quickly."

The specifics about the device's mouse aspects – as in the laser's DPI, response time and overall dimensions – weren't provided, but we expect to hear more about this hybrid gadget next week. Pricing and availability also wasn't given, but in the meantime, check out the video demonstration below. It's a bit dramatic, but it definitely gets the message across as to how it will scan in an A3-sized piece of paper.

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    jacobdrj , August 24, 2011 8:02 PM
    Cool, I guess. But wouldn't a good camera with auto-focus suffice?
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    sot010174 , August 24, 2011 8:06 PM
    Why the ad only shows that is not wireless at the end? Not cool... How I am supposed to spin that like it's shown with the wire?

    And finally, good point jacobdrj...
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2011 8:13 PM
    How wonder how much this will cost?
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    DSpider , August 24, 2011 8:32 PM
    Wireless my foot. Think about it. Because of the bright light the battery probably won't last for very long. But it is an interesting concept, though. Sure took them long enough... To be honest, I was expecting some other company to go forth with something like this. Hmph. Maybe they didn't wanna take any chances... Like those pens that used to record what was written. Those never really took off.

    Oh, well. A simple camera (5mp minimum) should do the trick for OCR-ing. I even tried my Samsung mobile phone from 2007 (3 mp) by taking a pic of a test at school and the OCR went surprisingly well.
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    sunflier , August 24, 2011 8:38 PM
    Doesn't matter. I'm sure Apple owns the patent for their technology.

    Que lawsuit in 3...2...
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    jacobdrj , August 24, 2011 8:40 PM
    sunflierDoesn't matter. I'm sure Apple owns the patent for their technology. Que lawsuit in 3...2...


    Apple's 'Having a camera/imaging device integrated into a non-phone device' patent?
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    jacobdrj , August 24, 2011 8:41 PM
    DSpiderWireless my foot. Think about it. Because of the bright light the battery probably won't last for very long. But it is an interesting concept, though. Sure took them long enough... To be honest, I was expecting some other company to go forth with something like this. Hmph. Maybe they didn't wanna take any chances... Like those pens that used to record what was written. Those never really took off.Oh, well. A simple camera (5mp minimum) should do the trick for OCR-ing. I even tried my Samsung mobile phone from 2007 (3 mp) by taking a pic of a test at school and the OCR went surprisingly well.

    If powered either by a Lithium Ion battery or by some hybrid NiMH batteries, I think the mouse will do just fine (assuming LED light and standard Bluetooth data transfer.)
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    clonazepam , August 24, 2011 8:53 PM
    Wasn't too long ago we saw similar technology in the "Design" section. Looked like a rectangular shaped piece of acrylic that used a mirror or something to reflect the image to its CCD sensor or something, allowing it scan. So similar in that its a scanner that fits into the palm of your hand. I rank it as "neat".
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    JohnnyLucky , August 24, 2011 9:55 PM
    Hmm....Hand held scanners are nothing new. A friend of mine had one about 20 years sgo. The problem was trying to move the scanner in a perfectly straight line. If your hand was not rock steady the resulting image was not very good. I wonder if LG solved that problem.
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    jcaulley_74 , August 24, 2011 10:41 PM
    JohnnyLuckyHmm....Hand held scanners are nothing new. A friend of mine had one about 20 years sgo. The problem was trying to move the scanner in a perfectly straight line. If your hand was not rock steady the resulting image was not very good. I wonder if LG solved that problem.

    Thats the same thing I was going to mention. I actually had a logitech handheld scanner back in the day of parrallel ports and 386 computers. It was near impossible to keep it steady enough to scan large documents. Although I did once successfully scan a 24x36 poster. You don't want to know how many hours that took. I am definately sceptical about the advertisement. How many times have we seen art renedered commercials for products that couldn't live up to the claims. The depiction of scanning the book is a big "?". The depication shows it ignoring the binding of the book and perfectly rendering the image. I find that hard to believe. Although if it can live up to the claims, I'll eat my metaphorical hat and buy one just beacause I yelled bullshit. Bring on the live demo.
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    eddieroolz , August 24, 2011 11:19 PM
    Why do I think that I don't need a scanner in my mouse?
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    Thunderfox , August 24, 2011 11:54 PM
    We had these 15 years ago, minus the mouse part. They sucked. That's why everybody wanted flatbed scanners.
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    house70 , August 25, 2011 1:14 AM
    Another great product nobody will buy.
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    Raidur , August 25, 2011 1:15 AM
    This is what happens when you put a stoner on the R&D team...
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    MrBig55 , August 25, 2011 2:12 AM
    I want it before Apple sues LG...
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    zagitta , August 25, 2011 7:26 PM
    jcaulley_74Thats the same thing I was going to mention. I actually had a logitech handheld scanner back in the day of parrallel ports and 386 computers. It was near impossible to keep it steady enough to scan large documents. Although I did once successfully scan a 24x36 poster. You don't want to know how many hours that took. I am definately sceptical about the advertisement. How many times have we seen art renedered commercials for products that couldn't live up to the claims. The depiction of scanning the book is a big "?". The depication shows it ignoring the binding of the book and perfectly rendering the image. I find that hard to believe. Although if it can live up to the claims, I'll eat my metaphorical hat and buy one just beacause I yelled bullshit. Bring on the live demo.


    Actually that's a relatively easy problem to solve when it's integrated in a mouse :)  these days the sensors are so precise that it shouldn't be a problem to offset each part of the image accordingly to the previous part.
    In fact how else would they know what way the scanner is moving and when you start capturing the next "line"? :) 
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    Uberragen21 , August 31, 2011 6:48 AM
    ThunderfoxWe had these 15 years ago, minus the mouse part. They sucked. That's why everybody wanted flatbed scanners.


    If this was wireless and I wasn't already finished with college, I would certainly buy one of these. I can't tell you how many times I wish I could have scanned a paper, or text book pages, homework, or something similar while in class. Technology has changed, your smart phones today are more powerful than your best home PC 15 years ago. Not to mention, my smart phone can take panoramic pictures by stitching them together in real time. Something like this would be much easier on a less graphic intense process of scanning text and simple graphical pages and such.
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    James Royzo , April 4, 2013 12:19 AM
    check out this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vuov8BvNh1U
    something similar but look more usable.