KAISER BAAS IPAD PHOTOSCANNER
Kaiser Baas, $199.95 kaiserbaas.com/au ★★★★
PRINTED photos can be an endangered species. Liquids, grubby fingers, improper storage and the passing of time can ruin them, forcing users to sift through a library of film negatives to produce replacements.
To guard against these analogue problems, Kaiser Baas has created a photo scanner that works with Apple’s ipad.
It may sound like an improbable or unwieldy solution, but in practice it is as portable, quick and straightforward as photo-scanning gets.
The Kaiser Baas machine is a solidly constructed column-shaped device with very few knobs and buttons to confuse users. In fact, it has just one — an on button.
Any of the three ipad editions will sit in the dock at the front of the machine, just centimetres above its feeding slot. Two paper guides inside this slot can be adjusted to smooth a photo or document’s path.
Setting the makeshift scanner up for use is as simple as docking an ipad, following onscreen instructions to download the free i-scan app and feeding photos into the device.
The scanner will accept photos up to A4 in size. Place them face-up in this machine, tap the scan icon and the incoming image moves on to the ipad screen gradually, in an animation that makes it look like magic.
An A4 document or photo takes about 10 seconds to feed through the device and up to 30 seconds to process. Results are saved to the ipad’s camera roll and appear lifelike, thanks to a 300 dots-per-inch resolution. Larger images even stand up to close inspection, letting users zoom in on details.
This unique scanner has some omissions, however. Users can’t change its image resolution or its image format (JPG only).