A simple idea many of us have probably tried doing before has led to a fantastic little invention. I have found myself a few times using my phone to take a picture of a document to send to a friend. However, shaky hands make it difficult and trying to find the perfect distance is more of a guessing game. Phil Bosua from Melbourne Australia has created a box optimized to scan documents using a smart phone. The “Scanbox” may just make scanners a thing of the past.
Most scanners come included with printers or can be rather large and take up lots of space on a desk. Additionally, most can take a minute or two to create a copy. The Scanbox eliminates all the hassle with modern scanners. It folds down flat to fit into folders or laptop bags making it conveniently portable or easy to store away in a desk when done using it. When ready to use it again you just unfold it and it holds itself together using neodymium magnets. It has also been designed to optimize light in different situations creating the clearest possible copies. The Scanbox sizes in at 12.2 x 12.2 x 9.05 inches and allows any 3D object capable of fitting inside to be scanned.
The Scanbox will be available around the end of summer and will sell for $15. In addition, there will also be a $25 option called the Scanbox Plus. The Plus will feature an internal LED lighting system and a side enclosure for precise light control and reducing glare. The Scanboxes' ease of use to scan items, receipts, documents, and even books make it an irresistible accessory for smart phones and the office. Hello Scanbox, goodbye scanners.