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| Fujitsu Laboratories Develops Small, Portable Scanner
January 15, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. said it has developed
a small, portable scanner that works without being connected to a personal
|DigitalMEMO measures 161mm wide x 28mm deep x 67mm high
and weighs 238 grams. The scanner has operational buttons, a liquid-crystal
display panel on which a user can confirm the scanned-in documents and
a central processing unit for simple data processing.
The private research institute is currently in the process of enhancing
the product's operability and extending the number of hours it can run
on batteries. It aims for commercialization and release by the end of
the year. The price reportedly will range from 30,000-40,000 yen (US$270-360).
A user can place the scanner on a document and slide its main body to
scan the image data. The scanned-in data will be read into memory installed
in the main body. The model can store about 320 A6-sized documents of
The product can scan documents in any direction since it can automatically
detect the moving direction of the image data. It can also transfer
the scanned-in data to a PC via a serial interface.
The gray scale level for scanning is Level 2 (monochrome) and the resolution
is 400dpi. The LCD panel, measuring 44mm x 59mm, is an on-screen touch
panel of 320 x 240 dots and shows the scanned-in image in four levels
of shades. The scanner uses two AAA batteries.
Fujitsu Ltd. previously released a small-sized scanner, the RapidScan
RS-10/20. The product, however, needs to be connected to a PC or a Windows
CE equipped-handheld PC to scan in documents. To meet requests for scanning
without a PC and for a stand-alone model, the firm's research institute
started development of the DigitalMEMO.
Fujitsu Laboratories is a wholly-owned affiliate of Fujitsu Ltd. It researches
and develops semiconductors, communication and peripheral products.
DigitalMEMO will be sold by Fujitsu.
(BizTech News Dept.)
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