iON Audio: Talking Point

iOnAudio iOnAudio introduced the Talking Point at CES 2013 which was developed to make conference calls easier. The device which is the size of a small disk and is light connects by Bluetooth to your smart phone. It has an omnidirectional microphone. It works with several audio profiles and the quality is crisp and clear. It has DSP inside so feedback is not a problem. It works through simple touch controls. No landline needed, you simply plug it into the wall connect your phone by Bluetooth and you are ready to go. The Talking Point will come out in Q2 for $179.00

iOnAudio also showed off the Party Rocker which they describe as a party in a box. It is a personal sound system. It has Bluetooth and lights built-in. The lights pulsate with the music. They also showed off the Air Copy a wireless scanner. The Air Copy generates its own wi-fi network. It scans at high-resolution 300 dpi and gives you a real-time preview. You can download a PDF with more information on each of the products at Ion New Innovation for 2013

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine, and by Nick DiMeo of F5 Live.

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PlanOn Announces ScanStik – World’s Smallest Scanner

PlanOn, a leader in scanning and printing solutions, announced today they will be releasing the ScanStik, which is billed as “the world’s smallest scanner”.  The pen-sized device is capable of full-color, full-page scans and will easily fit in a pocket.  It’s designed for business travelers who have a need for such a device, but also some individual users may find it helpful for doing research in libraries and other such locations.

PlanOn claims a full-page scan takes as little as 4 seconds.  It features a DPI resolution of up to 600 (it can also do 150 and 300), 24 bit color, a rechargable lithium polymer battery, microSD card slot, and an LED function display.  The device is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, and XP.  It will ship with PaperPort OCR software and a USB cable for connection to your computer or tablet.

The ScanStik is available for immediate shipment.  It retails for $159.99 and can be purchased directly from the PlanOn web site, and will likely be available soon from other locations such as Amazon.

Hovercam a Better way to Scan

Hovercam You are on the road and you need to scan a document, your options are limited you could go to the local Staples or office store and get them to scan the document, or borrow the scanner of the business you are visiting. Neither are very convenient and the first option can get expensive. Hovercam to the rescue.

Hovercam has produced a line of cameras with CMOS technology built-in. The Hovercam cameras are shaped like telescopes and fold down to the point they can fit into a briefcase or in the case of the HoverCam T3 Document a large pocket. The HoverCam T3 Document Camera, is the smallest version and is made to scan 8×10 documents. It has a 3 megapixel camera with a 200 dpi scanner. It folds down to the size of a large pen. For larger 11×14 documents the Hovercam T5 Scanner and Document Camera is available. It has a 5 megapixel camera and folds down to only 12 inches tall. They even have a model made for the visually impaired the Hovercam T5-V. The included software has automatic gesture recognition, so when you turn a page it will automatically take a new picture. This is great for scanning books or magazine. If you do a lot of scanning and want something better, take a look at Hovercam.

Interview by Andy McCaskey and Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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