The IRIScan Mouse puts a USB scanner at your fingertips by building it into a standard desktop mouse. While this device only offers low-resolution scanning and requires a computer connection, it may be a good solution if you do a lot of scanning at your workstation.
This hand scanner and the included optical character recognition (OCR) and document management software are only compatible with Windows XP or newer operating systems. The IRIScan Mouse requires an Intel-based computer, 1GB RAM, 1GB of hard drive space and a USB port. IRIS offers other versions of this mouse that are compatible with Apple computer products. Physically, the mouse is pretty small. It's under 3 inches long and weighs only a few ounces.
Once installed, the IRIScan Mouse works as a typical three-button wheel mouse. An additional button activates the mouse's scan feature. To scan a document, swipe the mouse back and forth across the page. The built-in 300-dpi color scanner sends image data to the IRIScan application, which provides you with a live preview of the scanned image so you can ensure you capture the entire page. The USB scanner automatically calibrates image data, so you can focus on page coverage, not the mouse's orientation or direction of movement when scanning. The hand scanner captures documents up to 11.7 x 16.5 inches, A3 size.
Once you've captured a document, you can use the IRIScan OCR and document management software to do basic editing. You can crop, rotate, resize or adjust the color balance of the image before saving it to disk. The application can export your captured documents as PDF, Word or Excel files or save them as image files in several common formats. The software also provides one-click access to social media or Evernote cloud storage so you can share or back up your work quickly and easily. Finally, you can copy text and image data from your scanned document and paste it into other applications using the operating system clipboard.
The IRIScan Mouse's OCR software offers extensive multilingual support. It recognizes more than 130 languages, including Asian and Arabic alphabets. The application also has built-in support for Google Translate, so you can convert foreign text into your preferred language.
The IRIScan Mouse combines a hand scanner with a three-button wheel mouse. It's an easy-to-use and compact solution for anyone scanning at a workstation, but it offers no standalone scanning capability. This product does require the Windows operating system, but Mac OS X versions are available.