The scanner business may not turn heads like fondle-friendly mobile devices, but it still surprises me to see the leaps and strides made. There seems to be no limit to things you can do with lasers, lenses and a little inspiration from James Bond films. We’ve seen scanners in computer mice, the Direct to iPhone/iPod scanner and now in this gizmo.

Check out the Hammacher Schlemmer Pen Sized Scanner. By day, it’s a mild-mannered ballpoint pen. By night it’s a champion of laser-powered duplication. The Pen Sized Scanner uses  an auto-focus lens and 5-megapixel sensor to scan all sorts of things. The size is limited to what can be captured within the visible red frame, which is projected onto an object for alignment and focus. This is done by pressing the pen’s shutter button half way. It can also hold up to 1,000 pictures in (.jpeg) on its 1GB of built-in flash memory.

But you may want to save some space for possible voice recording with the pen scanner’s integrated microphone. The unit also charges and transfer pics to PC via USB. It’s made from anodized aluminum for durability and dapper looks. Compatibility extends to Mac OSX, Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP and the device comes complete with leather case and a single ink cartridge.

Shawn Sanders

Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.