I recently posted about an old piece of art, something that was one of the first things I ever scanned. The scanner I used was a squeegee-shaped, hand-held black and white scanner. I think its width was 5 inches?
I’m not sure where I got the scanner, but the 386 PC I was trying to use it with wasn’t quite up to the task. It tried. Basically I had to move the scanner very slowly in one direction. BUT, no matter how slowly I went, if the image I was scanning had a lot of detail, it would end up distorted (smooshed or stretched) in the digital scan.
Soon thereafter I upgraded, and didn’t think about that scanner again for a long time.
Today, I received my LG Smart Scan LSM-100 scanner mouse. It’s a mouse. and it’s also a scanner!
Interestingly, when I installed it on my 5-year-old laptop, I had to click a button stating I understood that the machine’s onboard Intel video chip was a piece of crap and that I shouldn’t be butthurt if the performance wasn’t up to standard bleagh bleagh bleagh.
Once installed, it seemed to behave the same way it behaved in the official demos, if maybe with a tiny bit of lag.
When I installed it on my much older desktop, everything ‘passed’, and I got no such warning. BUT – the performance sucks. I won’t be able to scan anything very large. Still, I wasn’t expecting it to work at all on my desktop.
I must admit, the first thing I thought of doing was scanning the monitor, but I opted not to, for fear of creating some kind of self-aware/singularity and being killed by sexy robots from the future. Like Summer Glau.
And once I started messing with it, I was immediately reminded of that old hand-scanner. This thing is quite an advancement though. It has a means of stabilizing the scan based on the image itself – meaning it doesn’t matter which way you drag it – it’s constantly ‘rescanning’ at least a tiny bit of something it saw already, and uses that data to align the new input.
So I’m sharing a few images here:
The LG LSM Smart Scan
The same image as above, scanned today from the original.
I wasn’t in the happiest place in ’96 or so. The following are some sketches by Chris Cilla from that era.