Occasionally, I’d see some nice art in a print magazine and want to scan it. Except I can’t because I’ve boxed up the flatbed in the attic since I rarely use it. And I’m deeply averse to bringing it back to clutter up my desk. The LG LSM-100 Scanner Mouse should get rid of that problem.
As the name implies, it’s a mouse that doubles as a scanner. That way, you don’t need to bother with a separate scanning machine on your desk — just put that bill, poster or old photograph you want to scan under the mouse to create a digital copy.
The LG LSM-100 can work like a conventional mouse, moving that cursor and clicking through stuff on your Windows screen. Hold the Smart Scan button on the left hand side, though, and it turns into a handheld scanner which you hold over the material you want to get on the computer. According to LG, it supports faster pass-over rates compared to regular handheld scanners, so a quick swipe is all you need to get a proper image.
Pages up to A3 size can be scanned, which it will save into your choice of PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP or PDF. There’s a bundled OCR software, too, for automatically converting scanned text to XLS or DOC formats (expect the usual OCR problems, though, like inaccurate conversions).