The Flip-Pal mobile scanner has been under development since September of 2009 and was formally introduced to the North American market as well as to more than 8,000 consumers who attended the CHA event. The Craft & Hobby Association is an international trade association for the $27 billion craft and hobby industry. Members include companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of related products.
The Flip-Pal makes it possible to scan photos, images in books and magazines, and similar works of art anywhere, any time with no connection to a computer. The resulting digital files can then be stored and shared. The battery powered flatbed scanner is about the size of a typical netbook computer.
The patented "flip-and-scan" technology allows the hinged cover to be removed and the scanner placed face down on top of a old family album, for instance, without having to remove pictures that might be fragile or glued down. The included stitching software enables users to reassemble multiple 4x6 inch scans later into a larger image on their computer.
Scanned JPEG images are saved immediately to an SD memory card that can be read by any computer. Batteries, a 2 GB SD card and a USB to SD adaptor are included with each unit. Early sales orders for the $149.99 scanner can be placed online now at www.flip-pal.com.
Melissa McKee of Golden, CO saw a demonstration of the Flip-Pal scanner and wanted to use it to create a digital archive of scrapbooks she has already made. "I'm excited about this because I have a fear of losing my fabulous scrapbook pages to theft, fire, or water damage." she said. "I haven't lost anything yet, but it's only a matter of time, right?" Another visitor said she wished she had owned a Flip-Pal to copy old family photos that her relatives had brought to a recent family reunion.
The citation at CHA is the second innovation award in less than a year for the Rocky Mountain Ventures Company. In November, 2009, the scanner was awarded Consumer Product of the Year at the Colorado Inventor Showcase in Denver, hosted by the DaVinci Institute.