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A PUBLICATION OF ACAC ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR BANANA TIME TO WIGLEY@CANISIUS.EDU.
NAME: Scanner Mouse
DESCRIPTION: Mouse with built in scanner
PURPOSE: For scanning text or images
OS: PC and Mac (version 10.6 & up)
PRICE: $99.99 (or less)
BANANA RATING: Five Bananas out of Five Bananas
RATED BY: Charles J. Wigley III, Professor
Scanner Mouse is one of the handiest (pun noted) devices you can use to scan just about anything! Place the mouse on a picture, click a button on its left side, and the image underneath Scanner Mouse begins to appear on your computer screen. Move the mouse around to complete your scan.
Fair enough . . . but wait . . . there’s more!
Pick up the mouse and place it back down on any part of the image that you’ve already scanned. Scanner Mouse completes your original picture or scan of text. Using advanced technology, it automatically and seamlessly completes the chosen image, even if you have twisted, turned, and otherwise failed to align the mouse with its original position. This is impressive!!!!! There is no need to complete an image in one pass. The same is true for text (which is read with OCR).
After completing your scan, click the mouse on the left side. Now, you can rotate the image, crop the size of the image, and proceed to edit, email, save, print or paste it. The image can be placed in a document as text or image, and the text is fully editable. How good is the image? Here is a quick scan from Scanner Mouse of an old photograph of my 1984 Cavalier at 320 dpi.
To learn more, or to download the free drivers, go to Brookstone.com and enter 817873 in “SEARCH.” Fabulous . . . !
BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy. Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.” Roy, D. F. (1959). “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at