THEHYBRID MOUSE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

From multi-touch to fold­able de­sign, there have been a few in­no­va­tions in the com­puter mouse seg­ment. But no one had gone so far as to think of a scanner built into the mouse. LG has—with its LSM 100. While it looks like a reg­u­lar desk­top mouse, the LSM 100 is big­ger in size, mak­ing it a lit­tle un­com­fort­able to hold and use. Although it has the reg­u­lar con­trols, in­clud­ing a scroll wheel, a close ex­am­i­na­tion re­veals two but­tons on the left panel and the sen­si­tive glass cas­ing at the bot­tom for scan­ning. To get on with the task, you have to in­stall the Smart Scan soft­ware that comes with the mouse. Press­ing the scan key launches the soft­ware and starts the scan­ning. By mov­ing the mouse slowly over the doc­u­ment, all text and im­ages can be scanned. While scan­ning, a real-time scanned im­age ap­pears on the com­puter mon­i­tor and you can ro­tate it or ad­just colour and bright­ness us­ing the soft­ware. Sur­pris­ingly, for its small scan­ning area, the LSM 100 can be used for scan­ning A4 and A3 doc­u­ments .

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