Scanpen Now in Color

The old grey lady reports on a new blue pen: one that scans in color, has 8MB of built-in flash memory and a microSD card slot to add more.

Planon's RC800 DocuPen works just like the old hand-held scanners from the 1980s: just slide it over the page. Now, of course, you can just whip it out of your handbag, do the deed, and plug it in later to a PC or Mac's USB port to view the secret plans. It is available now through the manufacturer's website at www.planon.com, priced $350.

Be warned that the "pen" is in fact 9 1/2 inches long, so DocuPaintbrush or DocuSausage might have been more apt, albeit harder to market, names for the device.

Color ScanPen [NYTimes.com]