Dacuda – PocketScan Wireless Scanner

This might be the world’s smallest scanner. A genealogist could carry it in pocket or purse when visiting libraries or archives and make digital copies of documents, photographs, pages from books, or anything similar.

dacuda-pocketscan

Quoting from the advertising:

SCAN ON THE GO
Swipe this hand-held scanner over any text or image, and it sends a high-res image to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Kids’ artwork, documents, recipes, or just a part of a page—all look much clearer than a pic from your phone, thanks to built-in illumination. Even artwork, large books, and other images that aren’t completely flat get scanned beautifully. That can’t happen on glass or with a camera.

Scanned text has some extra features, too. You can open and edit it in Word. Or work on scanned tables in Excel. This smart scanner can even translate text for you.

Frequent trips to the library’s scanner sparked an idea for Michael Born: a smaller-scale scanner—minus the wires—would make it easy to capture images anywhere. Preserve photos digitally, get organized, or shrink some paper piles all with a personal scanner you can take anywhere.

The Dacuda pocketscan wireless scanner sells for $149.95 at https://www.thegrommet.com/tech-gadgets/dacuda. If you are interested in this device, you might want to check out the video shown below or at: https://youtu.be/tp7xKnPYLJw.

While the Dacuda pocketscan looks like a nifty gadget, I don’t believe I will purchase one. It more-or-less duplicates both the Flip-Pal scanner and the Magic Wand scanner, both of which I already have. I don’t need three pocket-size scanners. If you do purchase one, please post a comment here and tell all of us how well it works for you.

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Seems a little on the pricy side. Like Dick, I have the Magic Wand, which I think works just fine. The blue tooth is a nice feature.

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I’m fairly new to genealogy, so this seems like a pretty handy little gadget and a big selling point for me is the fact that you can open the scan in word. For those that have the MagicWand, does it have the same capability or is this a new ability for a scanner??

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Rather than carry the magic wand I could carry this AND my tablet?

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I got the PocketScan then the ScannerMouse when they were released to market — both in 2015. I have also had a FlipPal for several years. I have found that I use the FlipPal mainly for doing large items because its stitching software is quite excellent.

I rarely use the Dacuda products as it is (shall we say) labor intensive running the device back and forth while watching the computer screen for missed spots. Also, the PocketScan’s battery life is not great; it is recharged via a mini-USB cable. The mouse is a wired mouse with a USB 2.0 connection (unless they updated the cable since 2015). So one needs an available USB port (and on new MacBook Pros an adapter).

My opinion is that the products are good but they just really don’t fit well with the way I like to work and are a bit inconvenient to use.

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I bought Pocketscan directly from Dacuda and I did not receive the product. Now I´m in a dispute in Paypal www to solve and receive back my money. Any similar experience?

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