There are a ton of terrific iPhone apps that turn your device into a pocket-sized scanner, allowing you to capture documents and photos for copying, emailing, editing, and more. But the problem with these apps is that they only work well if you capture your subject at the right angle with a steady hand.
Scanbox aims to make this process a whole lot easier by turning your iPhone into a sturdy portable scanner for just $15.
Scanbox is a Kickstarter project that wants your backing. As its name suggests, it’s a box that opens up to make a perfect environment for scanning and photographing all sorts of items with your iPhone, or any other smartphone with a decent camera. Just place your device on top of the box, then put your receipts, documents, photographs or objects inside and hit capture.
With Scanbox, you don’t need to worry about holding your iPhone still and ensuring it’s at the right angle. But the best thing about it is its portability. It folds flat so that you can slip it into your bag while you’re traveling, and it assembles in seconds when you need it.
Check out the video to see Scanbox in action:
Scanbox was born from the idea that we need to use document scanners every so often, but traditional desktop scanners are far too big, expensive and cumbersome for their occasional usefulness. They take up desk space, require you to install drivers/updates and need a power source to operate.
Some of Scanbox’s uses include:
- Digitize your receipts
- Live projector for presentations
- Optimized for face recognition when you scan photos
- Scans 3D objects (great for eBay product shots)
- Scan a page from a book (remember those!)
- Turns your phone into a photocopier
Pledges start at $15 (excluding shipping) for a regular Scanbox, but for an additional $10, you can grab a Scanbox+, which boasts built-in LED lights to ensure you always have the best lighting for scanning. You can also pledge $56 or more to grab Scanbox+ bundles.