About this project
What is Scanbox?
Scanbox is an easy to use, affordable and unbelievably portable scanning box that uses your smartphone's camera to take amazing high quality scans. It's easy to set up and packs down flat to easily fit into your bag or brief case.
Scanbox was born from the idea that we need to use document scanners every so often, but traditional desktop scanners are far too big, expensive and cumbersome for their occasional usefulness. They take up desk space, require you to install drivers/updates and need a power source to operate. Scanbox on the other hand can be set up and packed down in seconds.
We [Phil Bosua, Ben Hillier and Luke Allen] have redesigned Scanbox countless times over the past 3 months; constantly making it simpler to use and ensuring it works in every situation. We are now ready to take Scanbox into full production. Thats why we need your help.
Why do I want it?
Well, if you find yourself often needing to scan a photo or document but don't want to take up valuable bench space with a clunky old scanner or use crappy old fashioned software to do a simple document scan and email out then Scanbox is for you.
- Digitize your receipts
- Live projector for presentations
- Optimized for face recognition when you scan photos
- Scans 3D objects (great for eBay product shots)
- Scan a page from a book (remember those!)
- Turns your phone into a photocopier
Scanbox is also unbelievable portable. It packs down flat to fit in your bag and is practically indestructible. When you want to use it simply unfold and let the high powered mini magnets to hold it together for you.
What do I get?
Scanbox comes flat packed for your convenience and is ready to be assembled straight away. Each Scanbox is printed, creased, cut to size and flat packed. All magnets, stickers and instructions are included.
With Scanbox Plus we also include a set of LED lights to even out any shadows that may appear depending on the natural light direction (BYO 9V battery).
Both Scanbox's also come with a variety of color accents so just for fun you can change the color of the top of your Scanbox. [Red, Blue, Pink, Green, Black, Orange]
What are the POPS and WHISTLES I get with Scanbox Plus ?
Scanbox Plus is completely enclosed by an additional back section. The complete white inside helps to diffuse light and reduce lens flare whilst maximising the scans color vibrancy.
We also include a set of LED Lights with wires (BYO 9V battery) so you can use Scanbox anywhere.
Scanbox is designed to fit photos and documents up to a maximum of US Letter and A4 paper size.
The Dimensions of Scanbox when set up:
- Height: 12.2 inches (310 mm)
- Width: 12.2 inches (310 mm)
- Depth: 9.05 inches (230 mm)
The Dimensions of Scanbox when packed down:
- Height: 0.19 inches (5 mm)
- Width: 12.2 inches (310 mm)
- Depth: 9.05 inches (230 mm)
What device does the Scanbox work with?
Scanbox is optimized to work with smartphones, especially the iPhone 4 and 4S. But it works just as well with any device that has a camera on the back.
Why do you need the cash?
Our funding goal of $12,500 is calculated to be just enough to pay for the toolings and the materials the first production run and packaging cost. To print, cut and fold Scanbox onto durable laminated card we need to use a process called "offset" printing and to do this at an efficient price point we need to produce a minimum of 1000 units. We also need to buy at least 20,000 super strong neodymium magnets so Scanbox clicks together and folds down really easily.
When will I get it?
Wow!! We are so greatful to the KS community for making our dream a reality and only 10 days into the project. Now we have reached our goal we will begin production of Scanbox immediately after the KS deadline. We hope to ship Scanbox in July/August 2012. We will keep you informed of how production is going with regular updates during this process. We can't wait to get started.
There are numerous smartphone applications that will significantly increase the functionality of your Scanbox. We recommend CamScanner+ as the perfect accompaniment. It allows you to do OCR scans, scan directly to PDF, create multi-pages documents and upload directly to Google Docs. Note: we are not affiliated with Camscanner+ in any way, we just love the app and happen to think its the best one out there to use with Scanbox. (and we've tried most of them)
Feel free to message us with any questions at email@example.com and make sure you tell all your crazy friends on Facebook and Twitter to help us make this project a reality.
The Scanbox is patent pending.
Scanbox has only 2 sides so it can make as much use of the natural light as possible.
Scanbox+ comes with a light diffusing back flap and a set of LED Lights with wires* designed to optimize lighting conditions inside the box and give you an even higher quality end scan.
*(Due to postal regulations we can’t ship the required 9V battery so you’ll have to provide your own :-)
Please add the postage to your pledge as indicated in that reward. Eg. Your pledge will be more than the reward unless it states postage is included for that reward in your region. A typical scenario is layed out below. Scanbox+ sent to a USA address is as follows: Pledge - $28 Choose - $25 reward of a Scanbox+ This equates to $28 for a Scanbox+ sent to a USA address. Just use the amount of the reward you would like for the region you are in as stated in the pledge section. We have also recently been able to ship from USA and Australia for $3 on the single Scanbox options. So if you're in Australia just pledge $3 extra to cover postage.
We have created this FAQ to give you an indication of shipping costs on the larger quantities of Scanbox to countries other than USA and Australia. [10, 20, 30,50 100 units pledges] The link below is to the Fedex Shipping Calculator. We will minus the included shipping costs to US/AUS (approx. $3 per unit) and then the shipping will be on-charged at exact cost prices from Fedex at the time of shipping. When your Scanboxes are manufactured and packed in a box ready to go - we will send you a Paypal request and ask you to pay for the shipping according to Fedex prices.
FROM: Melbourne, Australia (Postal Code: 3000)
TO: Your Address
Pickup/Dropoff: FedEx Pickup
10 units - 4 kgs
20 units - 6 kgs
30 units - 10 kgs
50 units - 15 kgs
100 units - 30 kgs
We have had a few question regarding the expected RRP of Scanbox. Whilst we are unsure of the exact RRP that Scanbox will sell for when it does arrive in the shops the below is our current expectation:
Scanbox Standard RRP $29
Scanbox Plus RRP $49
Scanbox is optimized to work with smartphones, especially the iPhone 4S and 4. But it works just as well with any device that has a camera.
Most smartphones will work perfectly however Andy emailed us and said that his HTC Desire HD does not capture the full A4 document when it is 310mm above the document. (it needs to be raised another 50mm to get a full A4 document in frame). The best way to confirm you will get the full document in your image is to hold you phone 310mm above the document and you'll be able to see what it will capture. (This is the same height as the actual Scanbox.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this and we'll be able to guide you through the process.
If you have an iPhone and Apple TV your already set up via "Airplay" which lets you mirror exactly what’s on your mobile display to the big screen. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone you can use "AllShare Play" to do the same thing. For more information check out http://www.apple.com/ and http://www.samsung.com/
Apple devices have a great function called "AirPrint", which allows you to wirelessly print to any AirPrint-enabled printer. There are many available from HP, Epson, and Canon. Just visit the Apple Online Store or view a list of AirPrint-enabled printers and find one that’s right for you.
There is also an application for the Mac called Printopia which turns most printers connected to a Mac into an AirPrint enabled printer.
iPad, iPhone and iPod, Apple logo and Apple are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. and are not affiliated with our product in any way.
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