Forum Question: How to use a portable document scanner with iPad

I am a project manager and I am getting an iPad with 3G integrated to facilitate the email and company’s shared web calendars. But also I have the need of scanning documents from a portable scanner in my car and submit the info via email.

Will the iPad work with an external document scanner? Which will you recommend?

— Raul

Comments: 6 Responses to “How to use a portable document scanner with iPad”

    5/23/10 @ 10:27 am

    The short answer is no. I don’t believe there is any way to do this.
    What it would take would be a company to come up with a scanner that communicates with the iPad via Bluetooth (probably) and they would also have to come up with an app to support it. I’ve never heard of such a product, nor someone working on it.
    One work-around would be to get a nice little digital camera that takes good close-ups and use that to photograph the page. Then connect it to your iPad with the camera connection kit to transfer the document. In fact I just used my iphone’s camera to take a picture of a piece of paper someone was holding in their hand and ended up with a great copy of it that almost looked like a scan.

    6/26/10 @ 9:02 am

    I am looking for the same thing. With the new PDF feature in iBooks this would be great. There aren’t enough people making excesories like this for the iPad.

    6/27/10 @ 10:31 am

    i am looking for the samething taking pics may have to work but

    9/13/10 @ 11:28 pm

    the new canon p150 will be the perfect doc scanner if the OS is compatible

    9/15/10 @ 1:24 pm

    Three alternatives:
    -Use iphone as scanner with doc scanner app.

    -Scan to SD Card and transfer to iPad via the USB Camera adapter(sold seperately).

    -Use HP iPrint app to remotely connect to scanner from iPad. Please note that the App does not work with many scanners.

    9/23/11 @ 9:04 am

    ION Copy Cat scanner works with IPads.

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