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LG Working on a Mouse/Scanner Hybrid

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.

  • jacobdrj
    Cool, I guess. But wouldn't a good camera with auto-focus suffice?
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  • sot010174
    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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  • How wonder how much this will cost?
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  • DSpider
    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
    Doesn't matter. I'm sure Apple owns the patent for their technology.

    Que lawsuit in 3...2...
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  • jacobdrj
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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