...scanning pens that function as computer peripherals, and work with your existing applications. You scan, the pen types!
How They Work
Inside the tip of the scanning pen is a highly sophisticated electronic eye that helps simplify your life. This eye enables you to scan different types of information from the printed page into your scanning pen.
The scanning pen processes this information via Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and performs other subsequent tasks so you can use that information more easily.
Instead of scanning and storing for later transfer to PC (as with a mobile pen), you scan directly into any Windows application (except, of course, the Android-based models because Android isn't Windows and Android users are pretty happy about that).
Some models work with both Windows and Mac.
Scan the text you need, as you need it, to where you need it.
A big advantage is you can scan only the text you actually need. These are line scanners. One feature of a line scanner is you can see what you're scanning while you're scanning. You don't end up scanning extraneous material. You scan only what you need for the work you're doing at the moment (unless you are scanning to file, in which case you scan to save only the information you need for your project, archive, or other purpose).
When doing research, you typically need only an excerpt from a page rather than an entire page. So just scan the citation you need, and you don't have to stop to make notes about why you made a photocopy or scanned a whole page.
Typical uses of a page excerpt scanner include:
Eliminate rekeying; just scan the text and let the pen type for you.
Pull source material directly into your project as you need it, rather than making research and writing the paper two very time-separate tasks (reduces errors and lost information).
Take notes from a book as you're reading it.
Save captions, quotes, and citations.
Save a passage, not a whole chapter.
Build a bibliography.
Archive from hardcopy to electronic storage.
Import hardcopy data to a Windows application.
Conduct research more efficiently: college research papers, legal work, engineering applications, scientific research.
Save family recipes and other information that would otherwise be lost on paper.
A peripheral scanner is typically corded, but some are wireless (e.g., Bluetooth). A corded scanner typically connects to your computer. The typical peripheral scanner has these features:
Drag-free cord (except the cordless ones, of course--but you knew that).
No batteries required (except the cordless ones, of course--but you knew that, too).
Lightweight and compact.
Easy setup and use.
Handsome styling (not the old bulky plastic-looking gizmos of yesteryear).
USB connectivity (pretty standard today), or even wireless.
The typical peripheral scanner comes with software and user manuals. Don't be intimidated by the manuals, there really isn't that much involved in using a scanner. Unfortunately, these do not come with a $50,000 sports car (but we're working on that....).