Ion Docs 2 Go Lets You Scan Docs and Photos Directly to iPhone, iPad
By Yardena Arar
More people are who depend on iPads and iPhones to handle chores that once required a PC to complete, but some routine tasks seem to be hopelessly difficult or needlessly complex. How, for example, can you capture photos and documents on an iOS device?
At CES, Ion Audio–best known for its diverse and playful collection of speakers and mini-arcade systems for iPods, iPhones and iPads–demonstrated a pair of scanners that digitize photos, slides, and documents, and save them directly to an iPhone or iPad–no PC required.
Ion iPics 2 Go, for the iPhone 4 and 4s, is actually not so much a scanner as what Ion calls a “mini photo booth” that uses the iPhone’s built-in camera to capture images on negatives, slides, and printed 3-by-5 or 4-by-6-inch photographs. You place the iPhone, camera side down, on top of the toaster-shaped device; place the print, slide, or film in one of the provided trays (which have hinged frames to keep them from bowing); and capture the content on the iPhone.
Ion Audio provides an iPhone app that lets you edit the captured image (including inverting a negative into a positive print) and email the image or post it to Facebook. Ion expects to ship Pics 2 Go around midyear with an MSRP of $60.
Docs 2 Go, meanwhile, looks more like a conventional portable scanner, but with a slot and 30-pin dock connector for an iPad loaded with Ion’s free scanning app. It accepts prints and documents up to standard letter size, creating 300-dpi scans that appear on the iPad screen as they’re created. Ion also expects to ship Docs 2 Go this summer, with price to be announced later.