I remember way back in the day (we are talking late 80’s, early 90s) when my father had what was known back then as a ‘portable copier’. You ran the device – slightly larger then ‘Zach’s Saved By the Bell Cell Phone’ – over the paper and it churned out thin, fax like paper from the back. The copy was difficult to read and even more difficult to manage due to its register like receipt copies (we all know how hard it is to file receipts).

The guys from Planon have come up with a new and much, much better version of this hand copier. This time the device scans and can do a page in one swipe. The name of the device is the Docupen R700. I now what you’re thinking: how the hell does a pen scan one page at a time? Well, I wondered the same thing especially when you imagine the normal function of a pen; up right. In the case of the Docupen, you place the device horizontally like a bread crumb scraper a scan the page. The pens 2mb of memory is capable of storing up to 100 pages, and can scan 4 seconds per page, including images and text. We aren’t sure if it can pick up color, though. The device charges when you plug it into a USB port to transfer the scanned images.

The Docupen R700 is available now from www.Planon.com for $199.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."