The there was once a dream of a the paperless office - and it died with the advent of the personal computer. The PC and the paperless office are proof that sometimes, theory and practice are two vastly different things. While the dream hasn't exactly come anywhere near fruition (actually, the infernal PC has caused more paper to be wasted!), Wizcom Technologies.
The idea is to have a personal, hand-held scanner so that it becomes unnecessary to carry around a pad of paper and a pen when taking notes from a text source. The way it's used is pretty similar to a fat highlighter. One obvious benefit of this is that, if you're a college student, you may be able to sell the book back at a higher price due to it being in better condition (depends on the bookstore - some don't care and will pay the same no matter what). Of course, for those living in the more aggressive, competitive world, it allows quick and easy "highlighting" of information, with the obvious benefit of not leaving any clues behind for anyone else to read. But that's just mean, so don't do it ;-) Of course, another reason is to use the pen is to get information copied exactly from a source for which you aren't allowed to highlight.
Specs, and what you get:
- 97% accuracy, given font size and style averages (which I was unable to determine).
- 6-22 point fonts
- 128 pixel image sensor, 400 DPI resolution
- Store 1,000 pages of text
- 2MB ROM, 2MB Flash RAM (upgradeable to 4MB)
- Connects either via serial port (included), or an optional USB cable (not included)
- Manual Character bar for corrections
- 3-line LCD screen.
- 104 page manual
- Storage case
- CD with QuickLink Desktop software