Downloadable Designs: Turn Your Phone into a Scanner
A few years ago, after my laptop was stolen, I tried to see if I could do everything that I previously used a computer for in my Palm Treo. I bought a folding keyboard, good headphones, word processing software and more so that my office could fit in my pocket, trying to reduce the cost and quantity of hardware I needed to do my job. (I wrote more about the experiment here)
Industrial design student Kyle A. Koch is trying to do the same thing with his iPhone.
He writes: "When I got my iPhone last year I loved having everything important in one place, and the ability to get rid of unnecessary devices, documents and information I kept with me. I would frequently snap photos of class assignments printed on copy paper so I wouldn't have to worry about losing them. The documents normally came out pretty clear, but it was tough to keep still while taking the pictures. I set out to make something that would ensure clean, consistent pictures of documents taken with the iPhone that would be free and easy to make on your own."
There are so many things I like about this. With a sheet of cardboard, Kyle has turned his phone into a copy stand to digitize documents. He designed it as a flatpack, he is treating it as open source and giving it away on Ponoko.
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