Video: BlinkScan Captures Multiple Images at Once

Cabe Atwell

November 1, 2013

2 Min Read
Video: BlinkScan Captures Multiple Images at Once

Standalone scanners have slowly become outdated over the years. Most people who scan images either have a scanner integrated into a printer or just snap a picture from a smartphone. Easy-to-assemble cardboard structures have been made for use with phones. The cleverly built Scanbox uses neodymium magnets to hold itself together. A smartphone rests at the perfect location for snapping photos of documents, and the box folds back up when you're done.

You might think nothing else can be done to offer a better scanning product, except to increase resolution. This is where BlinkScan comes in. It doesn't look like anything extraordinary, but its software makes it stand out. Unlike other scanners, the BlinkScan can crop and straighten images of documents. Place a driver's license in the scanning area, and the BlinkScan can scan, crop, straighten, and save a digital copy of the license within moments.

The BlinkScan can scan multiple images at once. It will automatically format each picture nicely and create separate image files for each one. In the YouTube video below, the BlinkScan team demonstrates this ability with 47 coins. Proprietary technology allows the scanner to capture pictures with a higher color resolution than other scanners would allow. Using a high-intensity RGB illumination, along with a monochrome sensor, each pixel will capture more precise color.

This is a great device for people who scan items often. It will not consume that much desk space, making it ideal for offices and desktops. There is no word yet on the price or when it will be available, but I can see it being a big hit among office workers.

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Cabe Atwell

Cabe is an electrical engineer, machinist, maker, cartoonist, and author with 25 years’ experience. When not designing/building, he creates a steady stream of projects and content in the media world at element14,, MAKE ─ among others. His most recent book is “Essential 555 IC: Design, Configure, and Create Clever Circuits.

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