If you need a new gadget, Hammacher Schlemmer has one fit for your pocket. The Pen Sized Scanner is a ballpoint pen that has a built-in laser scanner for scanning documents. With the 5 MP sensor in the pen, scanning really means taking a photograph. The pen can scan any image, document, or letter at the crisp resolution of 2048 x 1356 pixels.
What’s neat about this Pen Sized Scanner is that pressing the shutter button down halfway produces a visible red laser frame onto the document. Use the laser frame as the guide for taking the picture. The camera auto-focuses right before capturing. The pen has 1 GB of internal flash memory that can store up to 1000 scanned images in the JPEG format. The pen also has a built-in microphone so you can save up to 1000 voice memos in the WAV format.
Twisting the pen apart uncovers the USB plug used to download all the saved image and voice files to your computer. The USB connector lets you recharge the pen; a one-hour charge is sufficient to take 300 photo images.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Pen Sized Scanner is made from anodized aluminum and easily switches from writing instrument to scanner with a twist of the dial. The pen is compatible with Mac OSX, Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP. The pen comes with a leather case and ink cartridge included. The Pen Sized Scanner is available for $124.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.