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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).


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