Flat-Pack Cardboard Box Turns any iPhone into a Scanner

This simple piece of folding cardboard with magnets attached is actually much more useful than you might think. It’s called Scanbox, and it turns your smartphone into a portable scanner, photocopier and presentation tool.

The Scanbox folds nearly completely flat when not in use. When you need it, it unfolds to full size in a matter of seconds. Your documents, pictures or even 3D objects go inside the box’s opening. You then place your smartphone on top of it, activating the camera to scan whatever is inside.

With the premium Scanbox product, a set of LED lights stuck inside the box can remove any shadows. The team behind the Scanbox Kickstarter project raised the $12,500 they needed for their first production run with nearly two months to spare, meaning that this very clever product will soon go into production.

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See more in Phones & Mobile or under Gadgets. May, 2012.