The mobile, self-contained, hand-held InfoScan TS Elite scanning pen allows you to scan, store, define, and hear printed text while on the go. Easily fits in your pocket or purse. With an easy to use touch-screen and icon-based menu, it stores up to 20,000 lines (500 pages) of text at a time, provides American Heritage English Dictionary definitions, and even reads scanned text aloud. You can scan now, transfer the scanned text to a PC later.
The Infoscan TS Elite scanning pen makes digital note-taking as easy as using a standard highlighter.
Instead of feeding coins to a copy machine, dragging your laptop around, or going nuts trying to key in your hastily-scrawled hand-written copy of source material, just use this note-taking pen to pick up the material directly and store it in the pen. Then transfer to your PC later when you're back at home base.
How it works
Inside the tip of the Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite 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.
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The Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite processes this information via Optical Character Recognition (OCR), and performs other subsequent tasks so you can use that information more easily. You can:
Transfer to PC, PDA, or Smartphone. View stored information on the integrated LCD display and easily transfer data to any PC, PDA, or Smartphone via standard USB or infra-red connections.
Edit. Use any Windows application to work with the text you have scanned and transferred.
Scan foreign languages (not just English). The Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite scans and recognizes French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. It does not translate these languages into English, but it does perform OCR on their character sets and combine those to recognize words in those languages.
French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish (scan only, does not translate).
Optional accessories available for purchase
Accepts USB cable
Uses 2 AAA batteries.
Requires Windows 2000 or higher, if you desire to transfer files to a computer.
Requires Palm OS or Windows Mobile, if you desire to transfer files to a PDA or Smartphone.
Display: Touch screen monochromatic FSTN.
Resolution: 208 x 65 (Six lines)
CPU: ARM7 ASIC
RAM: 8Mb Flash Memory
Scanner: 400 DPI resolution
Communications: IrDA @ 115,200 bps and USB 1.1
Size: 7 x 1.62 x 1.3
Weight: 3.5oz. (incl. batteries)
Recognizes 6-22 point size text, bold, italic, underlined, inverted text.
An opticard and built in character bar lets you input text manually.
Auto detects text for instant scanning. Just roll and scan.
Uses either infrared (IrDA) or the USB to transfer data.
Optical character recognition at 97% (based on standard font and size average) Preference setting for higher numerical and inverted text recognition level.
This mobile scanning pen comes complete with:
Infra-red port on pen.
Pen-PC communications cable (USB).
Plastic pen case with Opticard sticker on the bottom.
Two "AAA" batteries.
"Getting Started" document on the back of the packaging.
"QuickLink Easy Steps to Successful Scanning" insert.
CD-ROM containing documentation and an installation for the QuickLink Desktop application.
Archiving from hardcopy to electronic storage.
Importing hardcopy data to any Windows application.
Research of any kind: college research papers, legal work, engineering applications, scientific research.
Saving family recipes and other information that would otherwise be lost on paper.
Using the Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite
If mobile: carry your pen with you, leave your computer behind.
If at your office: use the pen without tying up a computer.
Use it just like a highlighter, without marking the page.
Scan the text you want to store.
When done, simply download the text at your convenience.
Flush the stored text, or leave it in the pen.
Slash the time needed to conduct research.
A great tool for eliminating scraps of paper, without rekeying tons of information.
No need to copy or retype printed documents.
No need to lug a laptop around, or hassle with coins for library copy machines.
The Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite scans and recognizes printed text in a wide range of font types and point sizes (6-22 points up to 8mm) and in a variety of colors on contrasting backgrounds (except red on white, white on red, blue on black, and black on blue). It does not recognize handwriting, cursive fonts, mathematical symbols, or other profession-specific signs.
You may have compared this to the ReadingPen. Unlike the TS Elite, the ReadingPen display the word in large font, display syllable division, and spell.
The Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite comes with a touchscreen and stylus, making it easy for you to control its many advanced features. Roll the Scanning Pen: WizCom InfoScan TS Elite across printed text to instantly recognize and store more than 500 pages of text, or scan directly to any Windows-based application. Use the on-screen touch keyboard to edit or add text of your own.
The default for all WizCom pens is to flush all files from the pen so when you send stored files to the PC, there are no more files on the pen.
If you uncheck "Flush" in the Pen-PC File Transfer Settings in the QuickLink Pen Elite Desktop, the files will not be flushed from the pen. But over time, the pen's memory will become full.
You can delete any file from the pen by using the "Delete File" function in Scan and Store
How accurate is it? Answer: It's 97% accurate
How hard is it to use?
Answer: If you have good dexterity, it's easy to use. How much dexterity do you need? Here's a simple test. Grab a text highlighter, and see if you can draw a straight line of highlighting in a newspaper or magazine. If so, you are good to go! If not, you are going to find the pen difficult to use.
Does it really read to you?
Answer: You can't just wave it across a page and hear James Earl Jones reading the text. After you complete scanning a line or word, the pen recognizes the characters and looks up the words in its internal dictionary. It then can pronounce them in sequence.
I originally got this to help me with a research project, but found it saved me time in other ways too so I now use it all the time. I scan all kinds of things. Like if I get an invitation I scan the address and other info right into Outlook. Then I don't have paper that gets misplaced.
Another use I found is I can read the fine print on packages at the store with it! The pen scans the small print but I can read the pen's screen just fine. I'm also scanning the calories and other stuff from the labels to help me compare foods I buy and get leaner choices.
It's really very useful beyond taking notes from library archives.
It's made note-taking much easier, 10.18.2011
Reviewer: Linda Stone (Mentor, OH)
I'm truly impressed with this scanning pen. Once I figured out that I needed to remove the protective cap to make a scan, it worked perfectly. The reason I bought it is I have to do a lot of research. I have five library cards (five different library systems), plus I regularly visit two different law libraries.
Being able to just zip the text into this pen and upload the files back at the office is a huge time-saver. I have to review the text and fix a few characters, but I had to do that back when I was typing it all in. Now the pen does the typing for me.
Easy to use, a real asset, 9.6.2011
Reviewer: Jennifer Carter (Arlington, TX)
This is an amazing product. It's flawless. I've used the heck out of it and it has not locked up once. When I go to the library, which is often, for research, this is now the only thing I take with me. No coins, no legal pad, no laptop. Thank you WizCom, for an awesome note-taking tool!