Scandock: The Post-PC Scanner

Many people have to scan documents at work.  Nick Warnock and  Art Booppanon from  Atiz Innovation, Los Angeles, CA, developed a product for those who scan at work, want professional quality output, and hate flatbeds – Scandock. A post-PC scanner for a post-PC world. Scandock utilizes your smartphone and is the fastest and the most efficient way to scan.
KickStarter campaign was launched on January 13, 2013 with the goal to raise $100,000. The project was successfully funded on February 12, 2013 because over $106 000 was pledged. 

About the project

Scandock turns your smartphone into a professional-grade scanner. For those who scan at work, want professional quality output, and hate flatbeds, SCANDOCK IS THE ONLY PRODUCT AVAILABLE AT ANY PRICE POINT.

  1. Scandock Is Not Competing With Mobile Apps. 
    Mobile apps are great for on-the-go scanning. We love them. Scandock is for office use, not for on-the-go scanning. We never intend it to be pocketable.
  2. No One Likes Conventional Scanners or Multi-function Printers.
    Conventional scanners and multi-function printers are still used at every office. They are cumbersome but produce professional-quality output. Scandock allows smartphones to produce top-notch quality output and truly replace those conventional devices.
  3. Not Just a Copystand. Can’t be made at home. 
    We used the expertise from our business making BookDrive digitization machines to make the Scandock. Issues that may seem intangible but critical for professionals such as color calibration, color rendering index (CRI) are taken into account. SCANDOCK IS THE HARDWARE + SOFTWARE SOLUTION DEVELOPED TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL.
  4. Price?
    This is the signature model. It can’t be made much cheaper due to the high quality materials and the production methods used.
    Just put the phone in the dock and the lights turn on automatically. Open the app. Capture. Done. You get high-resolution scans with color true to the original.

The difference

How is it different than taking a photo and using some existing apps? Great question. Taking a photo and using some some existing apps creates low-quality, amateurish output. It is acceptable for occasional use, but not good enough for when you want something good quality.
Developers made Scandock because they were frustrated with the output created by those apps. The mobile solution is easy to use but how to make the output great?
Enter Scandock. It is the best of both worlds. The convenience and ease of a smartphone, and the level of quality expected by businesses and professionals.
The Scandock’s special color pad, called the Image IQ, provides color profile information that is embedded in every scan. The Scandock app uses that information to auto-correct the image, turning it precisely the way the document is made and intended.
Scandock works great in any lighting condition.

 Document the way it is intended.

Deep black. True white.

No glare on glossy materials.

Full range of color.

Printout almost indistinguishable from the original.

Features:
– Comes with 2 docks: iPhone dock and the universal dock.
– the iPhone dock supports iPhone 5/4s/4 and iPod touch (5th gen)
– iPhone can be secured and locked to the dock to deter opportunist theft (when the phone together with the Scandock is used in a public place as a shared or self-service scanner)
– the universal dock supports most Android phones including Galaxy S3, and even Galaxy Note II, and of course the iPhone.

– The base is a slightly sticky silicone mat to keep the document naturally flat without requiring software correction. The silicone mat has no      adhesive and does not harm the document.
– Free Scandock app for iOS and Android.
– Single-Doc and Multi-Doc scan mode.
– Kensington Security Slot in the back to secure the device to the table.

Design

When designing Scandock, the developers take care in every detail. They think and rethink to make Scandock easy to use and have a simple design. 

A lot of craftsmanship goes into making the neck piece as seamless as possible for each and every Scandock. The lighting is carefully engineered to provide even light distribution on the document with no glare even on glossy materials. The base is made of aluminum for good weight distribution and durability. It is 3 degrees inclined to give a slim wedge profile and for the document to face up toward the user.

Tech specs

Project timeline and production plan

Why are they raising funds?

Manufacturing a consumer product requires a huge amount of investment. Even though they’ve been in a business for several years, they are still a small company that is privately owned and funded. They like the idea of appealing directly to the Kickstarters that share their vision much better than raising investment from investors.

The team

Nick Warnock and Art Booppanon co-founded  Atiz Innovation  in 2005. The company is known for creating the BookDrive line of book scanners used by libraries and prestigious institutions for mass book digitization. Nick was making a name for himself as a Xerox salesman in Los Angeles while his future partner Art pursued a Ph.D. Fed up with having to manually photocopy books, Art dreamt of making a more practical scanner. The two met and decided to join forces. And the rest is history.
The dream of Atiz Innovation is to imagine and develop products that improve people’s lives.

Risks and challenges

This is not their first product. Their team has experience in developing, manufacturing and supporting the products.
Over the past 7 years, they have been making and selling BookDrive, professional line of book scanners to libraries and some of the most prestigious institutions in the world.
In the past few months, they have spent a lot of effort in pre-production such as working with the mould makers, etc. They have now solved most issues related to mass production of Scandock. Some issues that still may arise that could cause delivery delay are:
– sudden shortage of some supplies and parts which are in the BOM (bill of materials) that normally have reasonable 1-2 month lead time;
– unforeseen events such as strikes or delays in the contract factory;
– in the early batches, the contract manufacturers may have low yield due to the challenge in meeting the quality standard set and required by the developers. The yield will improve as they improve upon their production process and learn from their mistakes.

Source: KickStarter