Scan text into your computer or phone, Star Trek-style [Deals]

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Digital documents and cloud storage have been great for note-takers. The information is available anywhere there’s an internet connection, so there’s no risk of losing your notes or leaving them at home. But when it comes to books, digital capture means either transcribing the page or taking a picture of it. Not so with this futuristic text scanner.

Scanmarker Air looks like something straight out of science fiction. This pen-shaped highlighter uses optical character recognition to scan and retype printed text into pretty much any word processing software. It can scan a full line of text per second, turning the result into a RAW image that can translated into Word or Excel and shared via Gmail, Facebook and more. Additionally, it can translate what it reads into more than 40 languages. It can even read the words back to you aloud as it scans.

If you’re looking to digitally preserve your notes, or just want a taste of the future, this pocket-size device is worth checking out.

Buy now: Get a Scanmarker Air for $89 — that’s 25 percent off the usual price.