Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Playing With a Mouse

March SOLC

I got a new toy tool for my birthday. (I had actually tried to buy it for my husband for his birthday, but hadn't been able to find it in stock.) It is pretty cool so I want to tell you about it.

How many times do you have something you wish you had digitized? It could be a magazine article, document, recipe card, old snapshot, business card, or something out of a book. It happens to me often. I wish I had it digitally so I could easily have access to it, where ever I am and/or can share it with others. Thanks to LG and the excuse of my birthday, now I can.


What is this great device? It is much smaller then a bread box. In fact it is a mouse! (No, it doesn't say 'squeak, squeak.) That's right. LG makes a mouse scanner. I kid you not!

Now, it isn't perfect. It has a cord and the resolution is not the same as a top of the line (really big and expensive) scanner, but for most of the things I want to scan it is going to do the trick. And it can go in my suitcase with ease.

Here are some examples I did very quickly. You click a side button, run the mouse over the item you want to scan (in any direction - it puts the image together like a puzzle), and click when you are finished. You can then use some editing tools and save as a JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, XLS, DOC, PDF or share on Twitter or FaceBook. Plus there is an Optical Character Recognition feature that will translate text to editable documents - no more having to retype that old document you don't yet have digitally.

LG mouse

I scanned some poetry unit tips out of a book I have (and the cover of the book) to share with our Literacy Coach.

The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing cover     Tips for a Poetry Study pg 151 The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing

I scanned some of photos. (Most people are safe until this summer when I will have access to all of my photo albums.)

Scott and Kristi 78ishLittle brother and meK with Leighton and AshtonTaken more then eight years ago with my goddaughters. Good thing they don't read this blog (and I promised I wouldn't put the picture on FaceBook).

Next up will be some of my daughter's art work, the stack of things I have torn out of magazines, and the baby journal kept for G's first two years (the whole, in case of fire I don't want to lose that reason).

Happy to have my new scanner mouse. Now I just need some time to use it.


  1. LOVE IT. On my way to see if I can buy it online! Thanks for the tip!

  2. That sounds like a good gadget to have. I'll have to check it out.

  3. That is so cool! I've never heard of it before. It may appear on my wish list.