Doxie's been around for a while, selling a series of very portable scanners that were battery powered and used a sheet feeder that you could feed one piece of paper or one photo at a time into. These were fairly nice scanners, but you couldn't use them to do something like scan a book -- at least not without doing something really counterproductive like copying the pages first, then feeding those into the scanner. That's why I think the new Doxie Flip (US$149) is going to be popular. It's a small, battery-powered flatbed scanner that can be used in a variety of ways to scan photos, books, sketches, you name it.
Take your standard flatbed scanner, put it into your shrinkerizer -- you do have one of those, don't you? -- and then reduce the size of the scanner to about 6.5 x 10 x 1 inches. Take the bottom off and put a transparent window in, and add a tiny LCD for previews and for changing settings. That's what the Doxie Flip looks like. The top is an A6-sized (4 x 6 inches) glass surface with a removable plastic flip-up cover.
It stores scanned images onto an SD card, which you can then pop into the SD card slot on your Mac or into a reader for an iPad. The entire thing is powered by a pair of AA batteries, and the Flip weighs in at 1 lb 7.3 oz.
There are some great accessories for the Flip, including a $19 Flip Case with a hidden pocket that's a perfect size for Field Notes notebooks. You know those little memo books they have, that are 3-1/2" by 5-1/2" big? They're perfect for scanning with the Flip, and early buyers will get a limited edition Doxie Field Notes memo book with "a unique textured French Paper Speckletone 80# Cream Cordtone cover". Eat your heart out, Dave Caolo (he's a collector of all things Field Notes)!
There's also a $29 SD Card reader available in either Lightning or 30-pin Dock Connector versions for use with your iPad, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5s. A 4 GB SD card and a USB SD card reader are included with the Doxie Flip at no cost.
The big question is how this little flatbed scanner works, and the answer is "very well!" The review device came with a box full of photos, postcards, and a swatch of material, all of which I scanned in a very short amount of time at 600 dpi (there's also a 300 dpi setting). To scan something, you just power on the Flip with a small thumb switch on the side, and then you're greeted with a prompt to set the time and date on the device. There's a small five-key pad that is used to move around the various prompts and make your selection, and I was able to do the setup, read the built-in manual, and even (after scanning) look at my scanned images on the color screen using that navigation pad.
In the gallery below are eighteen scans of color and black & white photos and post cards. The scans are surprisingly accurate -- all of the images you see in the gallery are unretouched and the color accuracy is uncanny.