Now that crappy cameraphones are getting a little less crappy, a whole new realm of possibilities has opened up by leveraging a phone's data capabilities to do more than just send grainy drunken pics to your friends. scanR is one company which sees a bright future in connected cams, and they've built a back-end system that accepts digital photos and uses some heavy duty servers to convert pics into a usable format or tease info out of the images. Their first implementation of this tech allows you to use your one-megapixel-or-higher cam as a de facto scanner/copier by sending captured images to scanR where they are cleaned up and emailed back to you as a PDF. As camera resolutions get higher, all sorts of possibilities open up, such as OCR and language translation, which can supposedly be easily added to the scanR kernel.


scanR lets you copy, scan with your cameraphone