Epson Shows Portable Scanner

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LAS VEGAS —

Epson introduced its first portable document scanner, the WorkForce DS-30.

The DS-30 is about 18-inches long and can scan paper, business cards, credit and ID cards at a 600 by 600 resolution, said Mark Pickard, Epson’s product manager for document scanners.

The scanner will carry a $179 suggested retail price and hit stores in March. Initially it will sell through office superstores, but other types could be added at a later date.

Pickard said the portable scanner market is the fastest growing segment in the scanner category experiencing 321 percent growth in 2011 over 2010. He attributed this growth to several factors. The federal requirement that all medical records be digitized has forced this profession to buy document scanners and many companies are replacing fax machines with scanners that have scan to fax or to email capability.

The DS-30 works with Google Docs, SharePoint and Evernote for its scan to cloud functionality. Like all Epson scanners it features a TWAIN interface, which is required by the specialty software found in the medical, real estate and logistics fields. Pickard said TWAIN is not normally included in a low-priced scanner, but it was requested by several software publishers.

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