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How can I use a portable scanner with a tablet PC? Answered


I'm trying something new: I want to completely eliminate paper (and all the messes and lost handouts that go along with it) from my high school career by using a tablet PC and a portable scanner to instantly digitize everything and keep it in one neat, organized spot. However, I'm not sure what the best way to do this is.

Basically, I'm looking for a tablet that has
- 6 to 8 hours of battery life to last through a day
- as large of a screen as possible
- the ability to view and search through PDF files
- the ability to view and edit text documents (preferably with handwriting recognition)
- the ability to effectively sort and organize large numbers of PDF and image files into folders that I can easily access
- support for Java and Flash
- WiFi
- and the ability to connect with a portable scanner that can scan several pages, convert them to PDF files with text recognition, and merge them into one large document

Unfortunately, there are so many tablets available on the market that I haven't been able to process everything that I'm seeing!

One of the problems, however, seems to be that the new Android tablets are really nothing more than large cell phones and will not be able to interface with a portable scanner in the capacity that I want them to (using an SD card to transfer image files to my tablet from my scanner would not be enough - is there any app for text recognition, PDF conversion, and PDF merging?) while Windows 7 tablets suffer from bulkiness and short battery life. Also, from what I've read, while Windows 7 is optimized for tablet use, with multitouch compatibility and handwriting recognition, many standard Windows programs are not, making them difficult to use without a keyboard and mouse.

Do any of you have advice?





6 years ago

Tablet PC with camera. The camera on tablet will capture object.


7 years ago

1. What ever you do isn't going to be very portable.

2. It is going to cost

3.This may work if your tablet supports windows or there is a driver out there for the scanner.

4. The rest is up to you and how deep your pocket is.


Answer 7 years ago

I don't particularly need it to be portable - the only constraint is that it should fit inside my backpack. Also, why wouldn't it be portable? All I need is a small laptop-sized tablet and a relatively compact scanner.

Because so many companies are gearing their products towards Android 3, the prices and values associated with Android products are much better, but I don't know how well I'll be able to use what essentially amounts to a smartphone operating system on a tablet that will need to work like a laptop.