Scanbox – Portable Scanner for iPhone

The iPhone camera has always been unbelievably handy for snapping shots quickly, but have you ever considered using it as a scanner? Phil Bosua and his team — collectively named Limemouse — wanted a desktop scanner that wasn’t “big, expensive and cumbersome.”

After a few months of hard work, they were left with Scanbox and a dedicated app to go with it, called “Cam Scanner+”. It looks like a few pieces of paper, but what exactly is Scanbox? According to the Kickstarter page:

Scanbox is an easy to use, affordable and unbelievably portable scanning box that uses your smartphone’s camera to take amazing high quality scans. It’s easy to set up and packs down flat to easily fit into your bag or brief case.

The product definitely is a creative use of the iPhone 4S’ 8-megapixel camera, however Limemouse states that the box works with all iPhones as well as most smartphones with a camera on the back. To get the most basic model you have to contribute $15 to the project, while $25 will get you the “plus” version.

The campaign has already been wildly popular, passing the group’s original fundraising goal by more than ten times. Check out the video at the source link for more details. You’ll have to act quick if you want one, since the campaign ends in less than 24 hours.

[Kickstarter]

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