Scan pin-sharp single and multi-page documents on the go...FAST! iPad 2, 3 & 4th gen. The Paperless Office Gateway has arrived!
Well Kickstarters, looks like we'll not reach our goal this time on Kickstarter but your support has been greatly received. We have raised interest in DOK-DOK from some corporate organisations so we are still confident we can bring DOK-DOK to market before long. Meanwhile we're on Facebook and Twitter so you can keep in touch with our progress there. Adios for now.
DOK-DOK is a unique Document Scanner built in to a sleek aluminum case for the iPad 2, 3 and 4th generation. Using the iPad's camera you create high quality scans FAST! Single or multi-page US letter and A4 documents, original photos, artwork, maps and magazine cuttings. Store and sync scans on your iPad, iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs and a multitude of other services. And what's more, no juice required so you can scan on the go, anywhere and everywhere, day and night, work and play with DOK-DOK. The Gateway to the Paperless Office has arrived!
Image sharpness is essential for quality document scanning. Your iPad has a great camera on board, and when used with DOK-DOK, can capture amazingly sharp scans. Apps, like Evernote, for example, also allow you to save scans as PDFs which are indexable and searchable through built in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) when required.
How DOK-DOK was created
As avid iPad users, we know what a great tool it is for creating, organising and sharing in our work and play. We love being able to access all our stuff on the go and we make full use of Cloud Computing.
But hang on a minute! What about all those essential and treasured bits of paper we still seem to accumulate, store here and there, and have to manually rummage through whenever we need to refer to them?
We needed an efficient tool that would enable us to capture high quality scans of all these documents and it had to meet the following criteria:
- Accommodate US Letter and A4 documents, photos etc
- Accommodate single and multi-page documents
- Produce high quality scans FAST
- Fully portable, lightweight and durable
- Operate on any flat surface
- Have a small footprint
- Accommodate an iPad safely and securely
- No power supply required
FAQ #1 - Can Dok-Dok scan brochures and books?
The document carrier is designed to accommodate US Letter/A4 single or multi page documents. However the document easel can support larger lay flat brochures or thin books. These can sit on the ledge at the front of the document easel resting against it. The iPad support tray and base can slide backwards to capture the full spread of the brochure or book. The video in updates section gives a clear view of this type of scan showing a 12" x 19" brochure spread scanned with the iPad and DOK-DOK.
With an extensive background in photography, image reproduction, product design and manufacture, we set about creating DOK-DOK. Fast forward (more months than we'd care to remember) and we're here!
We've created our final working models using the same processes and materials planned for our production run. They've been through an exhaustive trial and testing program and scored top marks on all counts. The interior support tray and compartment are constructed in quality high density foam and polymer. The case is in aluminum with a powdercoated paint finish and the closure is in durable bonded leather.*
* Bonded leather is otherwise known as reconstituted or recycled leather.
DOK-DOK 's performance has surpassed our expectations and we're over the moon to have this opportunity to seek the valued support of the Kickstarter community.
As a Kickstarter backer you'll be rewarded with an awesome product at an awesome saving and take a big step towards a de-cluttered lifestyle and consume far less paper in the process. With your backing and support we can raise the funds needed to fabricate the specialised machine tools required to produce the DOK-DOK in the volumes required. Meanwhile we're on Facebook and Twitter and plan to have our website and blog live before long. Hope you can also connect with us there!
How DOK-DOK does its magic!
- The DOK-DOK document carrier cassette holds single or multi page documents square-on to your iPad's camera.
- The iPad support tray holds your iPad steady, gently and firmly in the upright position and ensures the iPad camera lens is centered and square-on to the document carrier. This is essential for edge to edge sharpness in document scanning.
- The iPad support tray slides in and out allowing optical zooming on documents and ensures compatibility across the iPad range including the iPad 2, 3 & 4th generation.
- This orientation of document to iPad makes maximum use of available prevailing light from above and sideways and eliminates the potential of shadows cast on documents by the iPad.
- You can release the camera shutter by a gentle tap, tethered cable release using Apple earphones or by sound activation using a sound trigger App.
- All the above results in pin sharp document scans which are essential for error free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) workflows when required.
- Accessibility - Accessibility for the Visually Impaired is incorporated into the design. Example - Allows a visually impaired user to scan a document, such as a utility bill, and using a VI App with OCR, to replay an audio of the document text. Apple's integral 'Voice Over' utility gives further accessibility.
When you're done scanning, simply slip your iPad into the high density foam compartment, secure the tough polymer lid, close the aluminum document carrier lid and secure with the bonded leather closure flap. Your DOK-DOK document scanner is now probably the most secure, coolest and lightweight iPad case you'll ever own.
I need DOK-DOK magic because...
Achieving quality scans of documents hand-held with the iPad is almost impossible for a number of reasons.
- Camera Movement - The smallest camera movement causes soft, unsharp images
- Oblique angle on one or more planes - Unless the iPad camera is correctly square-on to and centered on the document, the result will be poor focus in large areas of the document
- Shutter Lag - The time between pressing shutter and actual image capture. Hand held movement during shutter lag is unavoidable and causes loss of focus
- Shadows - A typical hand held stance has the document flat on a table or horizontal surface with the iPad held above. This stance creates shadows and blocks out essential prevailing light from above
The Paperless Office - Utopia or reality?
We've had a long held belief that the Paperless Office would become a widespread reality given the right tools and opportunities. We embraced the advent of Cloud Computing with great enthusiasm. All our business accounts are now securely 'Cloud Based' with our awesome cloud accounting service. There's not a document that passes through our office and studio that isn't promptly scanned and digitally archived. Our taxman is satisfied with this procedure providing we store and securely archive unadulterated, legible and original scans. This saves us a huge amount of physical storage space. We believe the convergence of Tablet and Cloud Computing now presents the opportunities and DOK-DOK provides the tools to go fully paperless.
The Paperless Home/ Kitchen/ Classroom/ Conference/ Lecture/ Vacation
Scan old family photos and enjoy sharing them...anywhere. Pull up those recipes scanned from magazine cuttings. Scan classroom masterpieces, useful conference and seminar notes scanned and stored where we can access and refer to them. Scan lecture notes for future studies. Make the most of your vacation time with tourist maps, schedules, guides etc neatly scanned to your iPad. With your iPad cocooned within its robust high density foam and polymer interior and aluminum case you can even trust packing your iPad in your hold luggage!
There's an App for that!
If all you need are JPEG images of your subjects, then the iPad's native camera will provide excellent results with DOK-DOK. There's also a selection of dedicated Apps for specific tasks and workflows! We decided a while back there are so many terrific Apps for various document scanning and Cloud uploading tasks there's no point in us competing with them. We'd rather promote those excellent Apps through our planned website forum and community. For starters, here's a small selection of Apps we're familiar with and whose features are a great fit with DOK-DOK.
Evernote - Productivity App. Scan and save in various formats including PDF with OCR searchable features. Export to Evernote. Great for organizing all your stuff for work and play. Free App with Pro upgrade options.
Camera + - Camera replacement App with simple user friendly interface. Has focus, exposure and white balance lock features which are great for scanning original photos or artwork or where color balance and exposure are critical. Great array of image filters. Multiple export locations - save as jpg only. Inexpensive App.
Scan Pages by Ricoh Innovations - Scan pages or import images from Camera Roll. Export to Email, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs or gallery in single or multi page PDF or JPEG format. Fast and easy to use with enhance options. Fantastic Free App.
oSnap by Vedaray. Voice activated shutter release App. A very useful feature for DOK-DOK scanning. Free App with inexpensive 'Ad Free' upgrade option.
mobileAgent - Dedicated receipts and bills (invoices) scanning App that works with freeAgent, the Cloud based accounting service of our choice. This combination is awesome! It saves us so much time and space with our accounts and keeps us fully up-to-date on where we stand.
FineReader Touch - By ABBYY. This is a powerful OCR App for IOS with advanced server based OCR capabilities that's aimed at professional personal and business users. A paid-for App with in-App purchases available.
ViA - by The Braille Institute of America.(Visually Impaired Apps) is the one stop shop for VI Apps and other useful resources for the visually impaired.
£1 pledge - Your name listed as a founder backer in our website hall of fame. Many thanks for your support and we'll keep you updated with our DOK-DOK's progress.
Our pledge to our backers
It would be awesome if we achieved our goal with the aid of your support. We are so keen to start production of DOK-DOK and very much looking forward to delivering your rewards in return for your pledges. If we achieve our target, Kickstarter estimate funds should clear mid September and our schedule below is based on commencing production then so we will deliver by October 2013. If we exceed our target earlier in our Kickstarter launch, we have every intention of persuading our toolmakers to commence fabrication ahead of mid September and therefore aim to improve on this schedule.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Working with tolerances of 0.004"/0.01mm may seem like a challenge but we're very familiar with working with such fine tolerances.
We have completed our final working models of DOK-DOK using the same processes our production run will use including laser cutting, precision robotics and powder coated paint finishes. Our team of manufacturers is located virtually on our doorstep in 'Silicon Glen', Central Scotland, UK including accredited suppliers to many leading global electronics companies. We have solid, established working relationships and proven communications channels with them. All the components and bespoke materials will be manufactured under stringent quality control procedures. All the raw materials used are readily available to us and we have the manufacturing resources to rapidly implement production.
We've factored into our production schedules all materials, components, assembly and global shipping logistics. We'll be running a number of processes in parallel so we'll have the first DOK-DOKs shipping well within our target delivery dates. Our manufacturers have multiple arrays of all machinery used so we have fully scalable production resources to meet demand and maintain quality control. This is all familiar territory to us and no risks have arisen in our critical path analysis. In the unlikely event any risks transpire, we have reliable contingency plans in place.
DOK-DOK has been designed by myself, Lex McColl, owner of McColl Productions Limited. We are no stranger to product design and manufacture and are proud to say we've been awarded numerous national and international design & manufacturing awards since the company was formed in 1995. We design and manufacture the Modahaus brand of photo accessories which was successfully launched in 2011.
We understand the value and importance of regular, substantial communications and look forward to keeping our backers fully up to speed with our DOK-DOK progress.
If you can back DOK-DOK at any pledge level, or give us a shout out, that would be amazing! Every pledge or shout out means a lot to us!
If you can back DOK-DOK and give us a shout out, that would be awesomely amazing!!
llir, Can Dok-Dok scan newspaper articles , and later separate articles with logic on the same page.
Thanks for your question. You can scan newspaper articles with Dok-Dok. To separate articles with logic will be down to the App you use. There are many Optical Character Recognition Apps (OCR) for IOS with a variety of functions and there may be one that can perform that task. The key requirement for any error free OCR function is a good sharp image, which is what the Dok-Dok provides. Hope that helps. Lex
After some investigation into preserving document structure we have found an OCR enabled IOS App made by ABBYY called FineReader Touch. We understand this App is backed up by the respected ABBYY OCR engine. The detailed description shown in iTunes lists many 'key advantages' and it looks promising for the task you describe. The App costs £2.99 in the UK so maybe around $4.50 US. Hope that helps Lex
The document carrier could accommodate a thin lay flat book up to 300mm/11.8" wide. If you have a larger thicker book it may be possible to clamp that to the document easel in an upright position. You can then slide the iPad support tray backwards to frame the book spread. Hope that helps. Lex
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