Do we really need a mouse/scanner hybrid? We're not sure, but the world's getting one anyway thanks to LG, who are planning to show off just such a device next week at the IFA 2011 conference with their LSM-100. Pretty...
Boasting class-leading print speeds and a robust feature list that includes duplex printing and Wi-Fi connectivity, the Epson Stylus SX525WD sub-£100 all-in-one is certainly an attractive proposition. But have any concessions been made to hit this value price bracket, and can it really meet those super-fast print speeds?
Weighing less than a bag of sugar, the P-150 is incredibly compact. It measures up at 280 x 95 x 40 mm when closed, folding out to 280 x 222.7 x 202.2 mm to reveal the loading tray. It'd easily fit in a hand-bag or "man-bag", and is light enough to not be too much of a hassle when travelling.
How's this for a smart idea? A digital photo frame that also includes a built-in high-resolution photo scanner. Traditional photos can be scanned into the device and then instantly displayed on the screen.
It's a perfect, neat, solution for the technophobes in your family. If your grandma can't cope with digitising all her old pics, then just give her this and show her how it works, and she'll be sorted.
There's 1GB of internal storage, which will hold 2-400 scans. It's also got a light sensor, so it can adjust brightness based on its environment and an 8", 800 x 600 display. They've also chucked in a card reader, for grandparents who've progressed to digital cameras, and two USB ports so you can get the data back onto a PC if you need to.
I'm a big fan of simple concepts that make sense, and this is exactly that. So long as the interface is good, this seems like a great product. Perhaps a little overpriced at £178, but all digital photo frames are overpriced - let's hope that competition drives down those costs a bit over the next year or so.
When's the last time you used a scanner?
For me, the answer's probably "years ago". It's something that's completely exited my life, for some reason. Probably because I just don't seem to ever get stuff on paper any more. Not stuff that needs to be on my PC, anyway.
Well, an Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati, Kyle A Koch, has come up with a big cardboard construct that can be used to scan stuff in using your iPhone. You'll also need some decent light, and the picture quality won't even approach 'medium', but hey - you never know when it could come in handy.
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RFID - or radio frequency identification - is a technology that allows identification and tracking of things. A small tag is placed on an object, and a reader can then recognise that tag as unique. For a while it's been used by businesses for stock control, or by zoologists to track animals, but now a company called Tikitag is selling an RFID kit that you can use at home.
The Tikitag starter kit contains an RFID reader, which attaches to your PC via USB, and ten sticky tags which you can attach to things. The things, when placed on the reader, can then trigger certain actions on your PC. Examples include opening a specific web page or a software application.
If you spend your lunch break positioning your monitor so no one else can see it and happily browsing through Raven Riley's charming online photography albums while you deep-throat a Gregg's sausage roll - YOUR TIME IS UP, SICKO.
Network safety specialist Paraben has revealed the latest development in its world of computerised forensics, a file-scanner that, no doubt thanks to everyone at Paraben spending ages analysing all kinds of porn themselves, can identify porn photos on users' computers and instantly grass the offender up to the boss. If you're a fan of beach volleyball you'd better start being more careful...
There's a fair few negative scanners around on the market, but Firebox reckons its new model is the mutt's nuts, saying it's "smaller, faster, better". I bought one for my Dad a year or so ago, and although it was good, it was a little temperamental, and didn't come equipped with drivers for older PCs.
Epson has announced the arrival of its Stylus Photo PX700W and PX800FW printers, offering high quality colour images and, on the PX800FW, four-in-one functionality.
Epson claims that the quality of the photos printed by these machines exceeds that of photo labs.
The compact PX700W is fitted with a 6.3-inch colour LCD for easy perusal and selection of images, and features a high printing speed, with photos produced in around 17 seconds, plus integrated Wi-Fi and Ethernet for home networking...