DIY: iPhone Document Scanner

BY Jason

Published 6 Sep 2008

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Though iPhone’s built-in camera is quite basic, there are quite a few things you can do with it such as take screenshots using a simple iPhone tip, live video broadcasting using iPhone apps like Flixwagon and Qik, video recording using Cycorder, and an app like Snapture which has also brought professional camera features such as digital zoom, manual exposure, auto-orientation to the jailbroken iPhone.

If that isn’t enough, some folks have come up with an ingenious setup which they call the iPhone Document Scanner that acts as a stand for your iPhone so that its built-in camera can be used to take snapshots of the documents underneath.

Folks at Digital warrior and University of Cincinnati’s school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) industrial design student, Kyle A. Koch, have crafted the home-brewed iPhone document scanner out of corrugated cardboard as seen in the photos below.

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Kyle says:

When I got my iPhone last year I loved having everything important in one place, and the ability to get rid of unnecessary devices, documents and information I kept with me. I would frequently snap photos of class assignments printed on copy paper so I wouldn’t have to worry about losing them. The documents normally came out pretty clear, but it was tough to keep still while taking the pictures. I set out to make something that would ensure clean, consistent pictures of documents taken with the iPhone that would be free and easy to make on your own. And so, here you will find pictures of and a link to a template to make your own iPhone document scanner.

You might have realized from the photos above that the cardboard setup isn’t a document scanner in itself but acts as a stand for your iPhone so that its built-in camera can be used to take snapshots of the documents underneath.

In case you like the idea of the iPhone Document Scanner, you can follow this link to download the printable templates to make your very own DIY iPhone document scanner.

[via TUAW, Core77]

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