scanR – scanning/copying/OCR with your cell phone

Engadget has short article up about scanR. scanR is an interesting product service – here’s their description:

Scan documents or whiteboards, anywhere, anytime, using only your camera phone.

scanR is simple to use:
• Take a picture of a document or whiteboard with your 1 megapixel or better camera phone.
• Send the picture to scanR
• Receive the scanned image in email or fax.

I have used OCR (optical character recognition) software in the past with scans I made using my scanner, but had never thought to try it with my camera phone (which I will do this weekend). With camera phones getting cheaper and better, this could a fairly big deal for genealogists who need to copy some information but don’t have the time or means to do it on the spot properly.


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