IPhone Scanner

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About: In addition to performing full-time job of "shaman" of the Italian community of Technological Craftman, engaged in research, training and dissemination of culture in Visual Communication. Always passionate a...

I take lots of notes and I had the need to scan them quickly so you can consult online. Any scanner was too slow to digitize many hundreds of pages of my moleskine. Taking a good photo was a good solution. I thought I'd use my iPhone for this purpose. They needed a support that does not give problems of shadows and it was simple and stable.
This is the final result.

To create this scanner for iPhone I used:

1 sheet of 10mm FOREX feather or similar material on the size 60x40cm
1 cutter
1 iPhone cover
hot glue

Step 1: Bridge

The FOREX feather is a light material consists of a sandwich of PVC with polyurethane inside.

I cut the pieces as the attached pdf.

Dashed lines were cut with angles from 45 ° so as to leave a layer of PVC does not cut that will support the next bend.

Step 2:

Even in the large rectangle cuts have left a layer of PVC cut to fit at best the bridge.

Step 3: Stand

The cover of the iPhone has been glued with hot glue in the bridge and the bridge was glued to the base.

And here is the scanner iPhone in all its glory to transform in digital any sheet, book or note.

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    35 Discussions

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    AhmedA534

    2 years ago

    After we take photos. What's the free program to covert the photos to small pdf file with one page only.

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    zony

    2 years ago

    it is awesome but i was completely lost you when you said "Dashed lines were cut with angles from 45 ° so as to leave a layer of PVC does not cut that will support the next bend"

    so pls help me out !!! :)

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    Sherlenes

    2 years ago

    This is a awesome Scanning technique by iPhone

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    gxwarr

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I can figure it out myself but it would be alot more convenient if there were measurements. strawberry66 above referenced 60x60 and 60x40 but where did those measurements even come from?

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    branchors

    4 years ago

    You know there is a note book called the leuchtturm1917 whitelines link. It has paper designed to interact with an iphone/android app which can basically scan your page really quickly and then save it as a PDF. See this link http://www.thepaperie.co.uk/brands/leuchtturm1917/whitelines-link

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    Strawberry66

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I think you have made a mistake on the raw sheet size?

    Is it 60x60 not 60x40

    I bought 60x40 and cannot see how to get the peices on it?

    Thanks

    Nick

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    Light_Lab

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Been designing one of these myself, yours is simpler and better looking, good job.
    As an alternative to FOREX there is another sign board that has corrugated PVC in the middle layer that would work with this design too.
    Two of my favorite aps "Genius Scan" and "Image to Text" would work well with this. I guess that "Camera+" would be handy too because it has a timer function => no camera movement from touching the camera while taking the shot.
    Just wondering how big the field of view is at the height you have the iPhone?

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    there is a program for the android its called "camscanner". i use it on my phone works great. you can convert pics to pdf.

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    ireiss

    5 years ago on Introduction

    You do realize that this can be used for other smart phones such as the Galaxy note 1 which I have and created something almost exactly like what you did.

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    Mike Benton

    5 years ago

    I second 'dobbler's suggestion of camscanner. I have the pro version and it can take multiple shots in a row, and convert to pdf nicely. I then share to Evernote which OCRs the text making it searchable. I love the simplicity of your stand, also that it packs flat. Good for travel and storage as needed

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    p01ss0n

    5 years ago on Step 3

    This is very nice contraption, but I`m just bit worried that without hight adjustment for phone it will be calibrated only for one size of documents or (if you use zoom) it will lack on quality.

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    strooom

    5 years ago

    Great idea! Now take it a step further by inventing a folding version which can be easily transported or stored in a bookshelf.