A Tiny Mobile Scanner You Don't Need a Steady Hand To Operate

Portable document scanners have existed for years, and you can even get models as small as a business card. The catch, however, is that you need to physically move the scanner across a document yourself, which often leads to mixed results. And that's why Doxie's new Flip is so wonderful; it's basically a tiny flatbed… » 11/06/13 1:20pm 11/06/13 1:20pm

Giant CT Scanners Reveal All the Gory Details of a Mangled Car Wreck

CT, or computed tomography, scans are to x-rays what 3D movies are to classic 2D flicks. But instead of being just some gimmick to lure patrons into a theater, CT scans result in 3D models that let doctors study internal medical conditions in amazing detail. But why stop there? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute » 10/07/13 10:41am 10/07/13 10:41am

Some Xerox Copiers Are Going Rogue and Changing Numbers for Fun

Paper jams are the most basic weapon in copier vs. human warfare, but a few models of Xerox copiers are stepping up their game. They've been very stealthily going rogue and secretly changing a few key details of the docs they've been working on. » 8/06/13 11:20am 8/06/13 11:20am

A Handheld 3D Scanner Could Let You Upload Your Whole World

3D printing is more popular and accessible than ever, and printers are on course to get even cheaper soon. But printing is only one side of the equation; what about taking 3D pictures? There's a convenient, handheld gadget in the works that could do just that, and way cheaper than anything else has before. » 7/31/13 3:32pm 7/31/13 3:32pm

The Government Uses License Plate Scanners to Track Your Every Move

Automatic license plate readers are the most widespread location tracking technology you’ve probably never heard of. Mounted on patrol cars or stationary objects like bridges, they snap photos of every passing car, recording their plate numbers, times, and locations. At first the captured plate data was used just to… » 7/17/13 12:45pm 7/17/13 12:45pm

The TSA Has Finally Removed All of Its Naked Full-Body Scanners

The TSA has announced that the "naked image" full-body scanners at airports that have caused so much controversy are no more. The scanners have been removed from all of America's airports. Replacing it are machines that show 'generic images' of the human body. » 5/31/13 11:48pm 5/31/13 11:48pm

Lomography's Smartphone Scanner Digitizes Film Right To Your Mobile…

Lomography has made sharing photos from a film camera a heck of a lot easier with its new Smartphone Scanner that's finally available from the company's online store. It replaces a desktop scanner and PC with a compact collapsible rig that uses your smartphone's camera to digitize negatives and slides. » 3/12/13 4:00pm 3/12/13 4:00pm

How QR Codes Work and Why They Suck So Hard

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You're looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it'll open a link to the mobile version...of this… » 12/18/12 2:20pm 12/18/12 2:20pm

Open Source Book Scanner Uses a Household Vacuum To Turn the Page

In an effort to streamline the process of scanning hundreds of millions of titles, Google Books engineer Dany Qumsiyeh has designed a $1,500 automated scanner from sheet metal, dissected electronics, and a household vacuum. It can chew through a 1,000 page odyssey in about 90 minutes, and you're welcome to build… » 11/13/12 5:20pm 11/13/12 5:20pm

Sheet Music Scanner Will Play Your Symphony Without an Orchestra

A group of researchers at Tokyo Metropolitan University have developed a handheld scanner that's able to read sheet music and play back a composition in real-time whether it's designed for a piano, a guitar, or an entire symphony. So if it's ever commercialized, wannabe Mozarts and Beethovens will always have an… » 11/09/12 8:39am 11/09/12 8:39am

Drunk Idiot Takes a Nap On Airport Baggage Belt And Gets X-Rayed

Passing out in weird places is part of any good drunk's job, but a Norwegian tourist has taken the artform to a whole new level by falling asleep on an airport baggage belt, and taking a trip back to the scanners. » 8/10/12 12:40pm 8/10/12 12:40pm

Bending Over Backwards for the Broken Printer I Refuse to Replace

There are a lot of lazy ways I'll avoid dealing with one gadget problem or another: I stream all my TV shows through my iPad, because I can't get around to setting up the 17" Sony that's been boxed up in my closet since I moved apartments last summer. When one lamp stops working—and I don't mean the bulb goes out, I… » 5/02/12 8:20pm 5/02/12 8:20pm

Doxie Go Scanner: Yes, This Thing Is Actually Cool

Imagine a lightweight, battery-powered scanner with on-board storage that can function without a computer. No, we're not talking about some far-fetched gizmo Q might throw in the trunk of Bond's Aston Martin. We're talking about Apparent's Doxie Go, a real-world device you can sink your teeth into for $199. It only… » 3/20/12 4:00pm 3/20/12 4:00pm

Future Supermarket Checkouts Could Recognize the Food, Not the Barcode

Besides the elderly gentleman paying in nickels, the biggest holdup at supermarket checkouts is the cashier finding an item's barcode and properly scanning. So Toshiba has developed a faster camera-based system that recognizes the food, packaged or fresh. » 3/08/12 10:20am 3/08/12 10:20am

iConvert Scanner Dock Lets Your iPad Wrangle Receipts

A scanner can be a useful tool for road warriors, but traveling with one of those all-in-one office machines is just impractical. Instead, consider the svelte iConvert which easily stashes in your carry-on and digitizes documents directly into your iPad. » 1/18/12 10:20am 1/18/12 10:20am

I Don't Want to Live In a Future Where Drumbots and Scanners Play…

Like the ghost of Christmas future, YouTuber bd594 has given us a chilling glimpse of what the future of the holidays might be like. Door-to-door carolers replaced with a robotic snare drum and a flatbed scanner playing Little Drummer Boy. » 12/24/11 11:00am 12/24/11 11:00am

TSA Could Skip Independent Backscatter Tests Because Existing Studies,…

Backscatter X-ray machines may or may not be carcinogenic. The European Union isn't taking any chances, but the TSA is so confident in their safety that it likely won't conduct the additional tests it promised the Senate. » 11/17/11 5:40am 11/17/11 5:40am

HP's TopShot Printer Is All That and a 3D Scanner

A great way to spruce up your Etsy product page is with 3D models of the items. But, problem is the process of generating these models can be prohibitively time- and money- intensive. HP's new TopShot printer aims to change that. » 11/03/11 12:40am 11/03/11 12:40am

Did the TSA Ignore Early X-Ray Scanner Cancer Risks?

The FDA, which regulates medical technology, has long opposed large-scale X-ray machine deployment, arguing that people shouldn't be irradiated without a direct medical benefit. So how did 250 X-ray "backscatter" scanners, which potentially increase cancer rates, land in American airports? Because the TSA insists… » 11/02/11 3:40am 11/02/11 3:40am