Genealogists use handheld scanners more often than almost any other group I can think of. We scan documents at the local courthouse, old newspaper articles at the library, and photos while visiting a cousin's house. One of the more popular handheld scanners for genealogists is the VuPoint "Magic Wand." I own one and use it frequently. You can see my earlier articles about the VuPoint Magic Wand if you start at http://goo.gl/A4cwM.
I noticed today that M. David Stone has written a review of the brand-new VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand with AutoFeed Dock PDS-ST450-VP. This unit consists of two pieces: the first looks almost identical to the older Magic Wand handheld scanner but the second box is a dock that turns the first device into a manual-feed scanner.
This new device will allow the user to operate the 6.3 ounce handheld device separately (without the dock) as a normal handheld scanner. In addition, it becomes a manual-feed scanner when you mount it in its 1.4 pound dock. In both cases, the scanner works alone with no computer attached. All scanned images are stored in a small, plug-in memory card. You can later copy the newly-scanned images to any Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computer by removing the memory card from the scanner and plugging it into the computer (if it has a slot for a memory card) or into an adapter that plugs into the computer (if there is no built-in memory card slot in the computer).
You can read the review of the brand-new VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand with AutoFeed Dock PDS-ST450-VP in PCMag.com's web site at http://goo.gl/AW3d6.
The VuPoint Solutions Magic Wand with AutoFeed Dock PDS-ST450-VP costs $159.95 at Amazon.com.