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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

A Flexible Scanner For Your Phone
A flexible image scanner that you could roll up and carry in your pocket along with your cell phone will soon help you to capture an accurate image of a curved surface such as the label on the wine bottle you just shared with friends. In "Flexible scanner works on curved surfaces," New Scientist writes that a recently introduced prototype weighs less than 1 gram.

Its dimensions are 50 by 50 millimeters and it's only 0.4 millimeter thick. You connect it to your phone, which acts both as a power provider and as a display. So far, this flexible scanner can only capture images of its own size and has only a resolution of 36 dots per inch. But more advanced scanners should be on the market within three years, with better resolutions and in various sizes.

The Japanese inventors say that a 7-centimeter-square scanner should cost about $10. This overview contains many more details, references and pictures.
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