Child forgetting to hand over the field trip permit slip?  Ask them to take a picture of it and send it to you.  Then use your iPhone's Notes app to scan and sign them without having to download any third-party apps.

How for your smartphone to digitize text

You might have a flatbed scanner at home or maybe one of those “all-in-one” printer/scanners/copiers, but did you know that your smartphone camera can also double as a flatbed scanner?

Not only is it quick and convenient to scan something away from your computer, but the quality is surprisingly good thanks to better camera sensors and smarter software.

Your iPhone or Android device is also ideal for digitizing old photos (in picture frames, albums, or hanging on the wall), documents (lists, contracts, vaccination proof), notes, business cards, whiteboards, and receipts (ideal for expense tracking or reimbursement) — then store those photos when you need them or Send it to someone else, if desired, via email or text message.

Obviously, “scanning” really means taking a “photo” of what the camera is pointing at, but technology can go beyond that.

2022-05-08 16:33:19

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