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Hammacher Schlemmer Intros The Pen Sized Scanner

Hammacher Schlemmer certainly makes some interesting stuff, but from my experience it’s all over-priced and I’m not exactly sure it would be my first choice of places to go for technology related things. They’ve just announced The Pen Sized Scanner, (yes that’s it’s name, original isn’t it?) The specs on it aren’t bad I guess, it’s got a 5mp sensor and can do up to 300 scans on a single charge, but it only has 1gb of storage, but they say that 1gb can hold up to 1,000 scans, so I guess 1gb might be enough. Price is about $125 and it’s not only a scanner, it’s  a pen as well! 


Continuing its 165-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Pen Sized Scanner, a ballpoint pen that laser-scans documents as easily as it scribes notes.

The Pen Sized Scanner has a high-precision auto-focus lens and 5-megapixel sensor built into the pen that scan letters, recipes, or important documents as crisp, clear 2048 x 1536 pixel images.

“The Pen Sized Scanner allows users to scan documents anywhere and store the images in a device that fits in a shirt pocket,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

Pressing the shutter button halfway projects a visible red laser that frames the area to be scanned and the pen automatically focuses the image just before the picture is taken.

The Pen Sized Scanner has 1 GB of built-in flash memory that holds up to 1,000 scanned pictures in JPEG format. Images can be transferred to a computer via the integrated USB plug that is accessed by twisting the pen apart.

The Pen Sized Scanner captures up to 300 images after a one-hour charge via USB and it switches from a scanning device to a writing implement simply by turning a dial.

The Pen Sized Scanner is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $124.95. For more information about this product, please visit