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.
And finally, good point jacobdrj...
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.
Que lawsuit in 3...2...
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