gadgets
A Tiny Mobile Scanner You Don't Need a Steady Hand To Operate

Portable document scanners have existed for years, and you can even get models as small as a business card. The catch, however, is that you need to physically move the scanner across a document yourself, which often leads to mixed results. And that's why Doxie's new Flip is so wonderful; it's basically a tiny flatbed scanner (about the size of a tablet) that doesn't require you to move it at all. Read More >>

science
Giant CT Scanners Reveal All the Gory Details of a Mangled Car Wreck

CT, or computed tomography, scans are to x-rays what 3D films are to classic 2D flicks. But instead of being just some gimmick to pry more cash from the consumer's hands, CT scans result in 3D models that let doctors study internal medical conditions in amazing detail. But why stop there? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have now built a monstrous CT scanner that can scan entire cars and even shipping containers. Read More >>

wtf
Some Photocopiers are Going Rogue and Changing Numbers for Fun

Paper jams are the most basic weapon in copier vs. human warfare, but a few models of Xerox copiers are stepping up their game. They've been very stealthily going rogue and secretly changing a few key details of the docs they've been working on. Read More >>

3d printing
A Handheld 3D Scanner Could Let You Upload Your Whole World

3D printing is more popular and accessible than ever, with printers on course to get even cheaper in the near future. But printing is only one side of the equation, what about taking 3D pictures? There's a convenient, handheld gadget in the works that could do just that, and way cheaper than anything else has before. Read More >>

film
Lomography's Smartphone Scanner Digitises Film Right to Your Mobile Device

Lomography has made sharing photos from a film camera a heck of a lot easier with its new Smartphone Scanner that's finally available from the company's online store. It replaces a desktop scanner and PC with a compact, collapsible rig that uses your smartphone's camera to digitise negatives and slides. Read More >>

patents
Watch Out: Insane Patent Trolls Now Chasing Individual Scanner Users

An incredible bit of patent abuse has been uncovered in the US, where a series of companies are trying to claim a patent on the act of scanning docs and emailing them -- and is asking for $1,000 per employee to overlook this apparent offence. Read More >>

giz explains
How QR Codes Work and Why They Suck So Hard

QR codes are a technology that desperately wants our attention. They appear everywhere from supermarket shelves and magazines to hiking trails and tombstones. Never heard of a QR code? You're looking at one right now. Scan the image at the top of this article, and it'll open a link to the mobile version...of this article. Very meta. Read More >>

review
Doxie Go Scanner: Yes, This Thing Is Actually Cool

Imagine a lightweight, battery-powered scanner with on-board storage that can function without a computer. No, we're not talking about some far-fetched gizmo Q might throw in the trunk of Bond's Aston Martin. We're talking about Apparent's Doxie Go, a real-world device you can sink your teeth into for £169. It only sounds like it belongs in a spy movie. Read More >>

cameras
Future Supermarket Checkouts Could Recognise the Food, Not the Barcode

Besides the elderly gentleman paying in pennies, the biggest holdup at supermarket checkouts is the cashier finding an item's barcode and properly scanning. So Toshiba has developed a faster camera-based system that recognises the food, packaged or fresh. Read More >>

bad ideas
Drunk Idiot Takes a Nap On Airport Baggage Belt And Gets X-Rayed

Passing out in weird places is part of any good drunk's job, but a Norwegian tourist has taken the artform to a whole new level by falling asleep on an airport baggage belt, and taking a trip back to the scanners. Read More >>

police
Police to Get New 3D Laser Scanners For Motorway Smash-Ups

Helping free the injured and clearing up accidents is only half the problem of car crashes on our motorways -- the police and traffic officers also have to catalogue the scene to work out what happened and who's going to pay for the mess. New 3D laser scanners should hopefully cut motorway closure times by capturing the scene in minutes, speeding up the laborious process dramatically. Read More >>

watch this
I Don't Want to Live In a Future Where Drumbots and Scanners Play Christmas Carols

Like the ghost of Christmas future, YouTuber bd594 has given us a chilling glimpse of what the future of the holidays might be like. Door-to-door carollers replaced with a robotic snare drum and a flatbed scanner playing Little Drummer Boy. Read More >>

clothing
Clothing Store Body Scanners Know Your Every Curve

Finding a new pair of jeans that fit takes longer than it should. So, like a cold-hearted best friend, New Look's new full body 3D scanner will reveal the cold, hard truth about just how curvy you really are. Read More >>

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