Our editors have compiled a list of five high-tech scanners you can’t buy (or afford). If we happened to miss any, please leave us a comment. “Continue reading” for the list.

Smart Laser-Scanner

This “Smart Laser-Scanner for 3D Human-Machine Interface” is capable of scanning fingers in three-dimensions and in real-time. It was developed by A. Cassinelli, S. Perrin, and M. Ishikawa from the Ishikawa-Namika Lab (University of Tokyo).

BenQ Scanner Concept

BenQ has unveiled a new type of scanner which can be hung on a wall (2cm – 9cm wide) via a hook to scan large posters or other images — horizontally/vertically depending on their thickness. No word yet on if this concept will go into production.

The front cover can be replaced by a mirror for cosmetic “touchups” at the office or by a whiteboard for use as a notepad.


ZScanner 700 – 3D Scanner

The ZScanner 700 users lasers and dual cameras to “digitize any object into a three-dimensional polygon mesh within minutes.”

Simply attach the included reflective markers to the object, connect the device to laptop via Firewire, and start scanning. The image is displayed on your laptop as it is being created, so you can presumably rotate the object and get a thorough scan, in a very interactive manner


Scene-Scanner: World’s First 3D Crime Scene Scanner

“Scene-Scanner” is the world’s first 3D crime scene scanner. It can be “waved over a scene or object like a can of spray paint –going slowly over areas of interest to create high-resolution images, and quickly over other areas to create a rough picture.”

LEGO Fully-Automatic Book Scanner

File this under: “Cool LEGO Gadgets” A Japanese LEGO builder has created a fully-automatic book scanner. .

Scanning a book involves picking up the book from the scanner carefully so that you won’t change the current pages, and turning pages precisely…our sophisticated biomachienery owe a lot to evolution. Without its support, the activities are far too difficult for robots