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scanR lets you copy, scan with your cameraphone

Ryan Block, @ryan

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.

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