Welcome to piQx Imaging

 



 

Our Story

Scanners are not something new to us. Prior to starting piQx Imaging, we had an exciting 11 year venture designing and developing scanners at a prominent digital imaging corporation until its scanner R&D center here in Singapore closed down in 2010. We held a major role in designing the world’s 1st LED based CCD flatbed scanner and were also a part of the team which developed one of the world’s thinnest CCD photo scanner.

Before the decision was made to start anew with piQx Imaging, we had a tough time deciding if we should stick to what we do best, and that is turning contents on paper into digital information. How many people still needed information from paper? Would paper last for long? With such a vast and mature range of solutions out there, were there still unmet needs within the scanning community? Those were tough questions for us, and they still are. We took a bet and piQx Imaging was born. We made a standing that scanners should and could be further improved, and there were people who needed a better, smaller and more convenient scanning solution.

Setting a target was relatively easy; achieving it was a totally different story. One might think that the idea of using cameras to scan was a no-brainer – much smaller and lighter, faster, takes less desk space, no motor noise, no mechanical wear and tear, uses less energy, no more nasty paper jams and most importantly, books could be scanned facing up, not down. But there were good reasons why cameras have yet taken over conventional scanners – with the advantages, a long list of image quality and usability problems came along. So what ensued were day after day of seemingly endless cycles of idea creations, experiments, design recalculations, software & algorithms coding and of course, many failures & disappointments. But we are lucky enough to be able to tell ourselves today that we managed to conquer those stubborn demerits of camera scanning and allow us now to reap its immense benefits with insignificant tradeoffs.

So what does the word business mean to us? It was read from somewhere a long time ago, that the word business in a simple sense means “buy cheap and sell dear”. But to us, something of the greatest essence is missing. It should be “buy cheap, add value and then sell dear”. Adding value is the process of using our creativity, knowhow and effort in order to truly reduce some burden from people’s lives. And if successfully accomplished, those whom we’ve genuinely helped would return their sincere gratitude to us in the form called profit. So yes, profit to us essentially means gratitude from those we serve well, and nothing else.