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Round 5 Winning Entry (Final Round):

  Lisa Bergman, Illinois, USA

The entire idea behind the piQx xcanex ScanStation is so revolutionary and exciting to someone like me that I simply can’t wait to give it a try!

I am a homeschooling mother of six and the odyssey of teaching children often brings you to unexpected places. A few years back, I was attempting to find the works of an obscure turn-of-the-century author that had been highly recommended to us, but they were nearly impossible to track down. A few had been scanned and posted to archive.org (my favorite website ever!) but others are sitting on library shelves, just waiting to be discovered, and once we had fallen in love with this author’s work, we were dying to read more! Reasoning that if we really wanted to find them, others would too, and that we could reprint and provide them at a reasonable cost, a small family business was born

My children and I (yes—they love helping pick out and proofread the books!) have devoted 3 years so far to tracking down really great books that have been forgotten over time, but the process of reprinting them is difficult to say the least, especially since the originals are old and fragile, and I respect old books too much to damage them using flatbed scanners. I’ve resorted to carefully photographing each page of these books, a very time consuming (and tiring!) process. And rare book room librarians don’t always take kindly to the idea, either.

Being able to use a scanner like this would not only make the scanning process easier, but would mean that I could bring it to libraries that don’t lend these aging books without looking like a crazy person! And I know from experience that many families would love to finally have access to the more difficult-to-find books that a device like this can finally give me access to!

Thanks so much for the time and creativity you have invested in developing such unique and useful products like this! It is really amazing how technology like this opens so many possibilities for even people like me to be able to do what I do, and instill in my children both the love and responsibility it takes to run a successful business!


Other Entries:


Caroline Garland, Virginia, USA

I have a problem. I never thought of myself as a "hoarder" before, but I suppose I am. Any time someone is giving away magazines, I take them - especially if they're to do with home/garden/lifestyle or food. I also subscribe to some magazines myself. Subsequently, I have a VERY large collection of unread magazines, as well as articles, recipes, and pictures I've cut out of the aforementioned magazines to save. But this collection is prohibitively large - when I want something I can't find it and end up having to look online or just give up. Which means now I have a collection of articles and recipes that I never use. But I can't get rid of because "what if" there's even one or two irreplaceable items amongst the lot? So I have stacks of clutter I can't get rid of.

I also have a large collection of books - especially cookbooks - that I bought for some interesting bit but otherwise never use. It would be nice to be able to just save that bit and then I could sell or donate the book and clear out some clutter.

I do have a copier/scanner/printer all-in-one, but using it is very tedious - having to place each individual bit of paper on the glass (because anything odd-sized jams the feeder) or trying to make sure that the copier reaches the middle of each book so no information is lost. It's so tiresome I've just given up.

The Xcanex seems that it would be the perfect solution to my problem. It is able to digitize practically anything - so not just magazine pages or clippings, but also random business cards I've received or ticket-stub souvenirs. It also can read and scan books as if they were laid flat - so no more worrying about not getting all of the information. I'd finally be able to get rid of my clutter (my husband would be SO happy!) AND I can do it from my laptop or set up a workspace for even easier usage. Honestly, it seems almost too good to be true. I'm so happy this exists.


Ruben Valdez, Jalisco, Mexico

I am an academic researching the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Xcanex is a technological tool that would help me to optimize and maximize the many magazines, printed articles, books, cards, etc., And its great benefits, no doubt, is the speed with which you can scan all class of documents, capture information and support large printed treasures. It also helps colaboration between the scientific community to share theses, reports, especially literary articles and information that has been available only in printed form until today.

One of the main problems I face every day is the time and trouble to scan books and magazines of Pre Columbian Archaeology topics.

Emphasize the design, size, portability and OCR capabilities are present in Xcanex, undoubtedly the best and most economical scanner for all researchers, academics and Universities must have, because thanks to this innovative technology can revive extinct cultures as the Maya Azteca and other, no less relevants, human cultures.


Kuoan Huang, Illinois, USA

I am a traveling teacher. I need to travel to different cities in different country to teach. In order to teach I need a lot of books. Unfortunately I cannot bring those books with me due to luggage limitation. Also I like to travel as light as possible. The xcanex perfectly resolve my issues. I use xcanex to scan my books without destroy them. All the books I need are scanned into my computer. I carry my home library with me inside my laptop. Thanks for xcanex scanner help me to travel light with hundreds of books and help my teaching effectively. Also I can put xcanex into luggage and travel with me due to its very light weight. Therefore I can scan whatever materials I need during the travel.


Hala Algharaibeh, California, USA

Well this will be my awesome gift to my dear Husband on his coming birthday In June.

My husband scans tons of pages from books, academic magazines and journals for their academic book and article writing. He carry's his "portable" OpticBook 3800 scanner to libraries all the time. He has a a bulky suitcase to carry this scanner and his laptop and it just breaks my heart to see him doing this the hard way.

When i saw you xcanex Personal ScanStation I thought this will be best gift ever that would make his life easier - does not have to carry his bulky suitcase - scan more pages in less time - he scans around 150-200 pages in an hour - and spend quality time with his family - so now he has no excuse not to be home earlier.

Your scanner looks like the answer to my prayers, I am glad I found it and looking forward to winning.

Thank you for this offer.


Zhenyu Fang, Ontario, Canada

I'm an University student major in Art Conservation. I am dealing with a lot of art history books in library every day. I basically live in library now. Anyway, most of time when I do my research papers, I need at least 10 reference books to start with, but it is such a pain to borrow them from library, bring them home, wait anther week and then return them. The worst thing is most of the art history books are gigantic and they cannot be taken out of the school library, which means I have to stay in library for DAYS to study them. I have tried many scanning methods but honestly none of them work as they are advertised. I have heard a lot of good things about the Flatpage technology and I truly hope it works as it is advertised. If so, my entire school life would be saved by xcanex. If I can store any pages of a book on my mac, I can just simply bring my laptop to anywhere. No more stressful library sessions ever. I'm still a ! college student so the price is really not friendly to me. I wish you guys can have an educational price for international students with a valid student card or enrolment letter.

Keep up the good work guys, your amazing design could end my miserable school work.


Curtis Philips, California, USA

xcanex would help because I scan books to pdf and currently use an expensive and aging Plustek A300. The scans are flat and excellent quality, but it's time consuming to scan one side of a spread at a time and rotate the book back and forth from left to right pages. My biggest concerns would be speed, color quality, resolution (but 300 dpi would be fine), and flattening quality. The strength of the A300 is that everything is 'square' because each page is pressed to the glass. That is also its weak point, slow speed and lots of manipulation of the books. For the future, I would like to see a version that can scan up to 9x12 pages two at a time (18x24), as I collect and digitize a lot of older magazines (think Life magazine) and two pages at a time would be a lot faster and a lot less page turning than one at a time.


Rhonda Graves, Saskatoon, Canada

I am living abroad and want my collection of books with me and my traditional flatbed scanner takes waaaayyy too long. That is my primary goal for the xcanex right now but I also want to use it to start filing general information digitally. I hope I win this but I will probably be impulsive & buy it as I don't think I can wait .... Plus I just checked & I may have missed the deadline date - oh well!!! Thanks for the offer anyways!!


Ahmad Fakhirin Ali, Terengganu, Malaysia

Running a photocopy business is not an easy task. A lot of documents and books need to be copy. Old traditional scanning method consume a lot of time and the quality of work is very poor.

With xcanex, I have increase a profit by minimize the time and quality of work. I never know that such technologies is existed. I have gain customers trust with my good quality of work.

Now my work has become easy. Thanks xcanex for helping me.


Mike Lizonitz, Pennsylvania, USA

I am involved with our local historical society and I would use this to scan over 130 ledger type books going back to the late 1800s. The books contain the council minutes since the formation of the city of Pittston, Pennsylvania. The books contain important information that would then be made available via the internet so people all over the world can access them. Some of these books contain over 600 pages so this would be a massive undertaking that could be made much easier with the xcanex.

This unit would make this possible and would allow us to digitize these important books to preserve them for future generations.

In advance, thank you for your consideration.



Round 4 Winning Entry:

  Kaspar Saxena, Toronto, Canada

It does one thing, and it does that one thing very well.

I came across the Xcanex scanner while searching for portable scanners on the internet. I have recently won scholarships as a grad student to travel to research in archives overseas in different countries in Europe. My subject is in the histories of monster images and their relationships to how European society constructs itself, and I am going to places I have only previously read about. Its a very exciting opportunity! I want to arrive well prepared - so I am able to maximize the rare opportunity, because 3 months may seem like a lot but I know the moments will go by quickly.

Being in archives and old libraries makes one excited as well as anxious. First you are overwhelmed with information, so you are looking quickly and taking as many notes as you can. And then there are the librarians who are my favourite people in the world, but also they are a bit intimidating because they are the guardians of the books. They are always watching you! Most older collections require special handling of the books, like white gloves and cradle boards, and they don't allow the use of ink pens! I remember in pre-computer days when I asked for scans/photocopies of images or chapters, and they would reluctantly sigh and allow me to scan one or two images from one or two books. I had to write all the rest of my notes by hand in pencil. Every archive has its own rules about how they are to be used. I am hoping to show them the Xcanex as a possible option, since it can beautifully handle the scanning of fragile books without breaking the spine. Perhaps they might want to use the scanner themselves for fragile books and other purposes!

The Xcanex scanner/reader will help me to speed up and streamline my gathering process. Some of these books/images I will never have a chance to see them again! It would be so much nicer to be able to spend quality time afterwards at my leisure, (if the librarians allow! :-) ). The scans are so nice and clean- far superior to a photocopied books. The images are also good, and often good enough to be used as a small reproduction when publishing. For more high resolution capturing I will use my full frame DSLR to photograph if its really needed.

I have to admit I am a fan of real books, BUT not so much when I am travelling in 6 countries! Instead of hauling my beloved books with me, Xcanex will allow me to scan my most important texts and bring them with me for reference on the road.

I have seen other kinds of products that do similar things. One can get an iPad app with an OCR software for example. This would be fine to use once or twice, but there is simply no match compared to the Xcanex experience for doing sustained long work. For a serious project, a serious student, artist, researcher or journalist a tool like this isn't even a question in this day and age.

Great job in designing this tool! :-) It appears care and attention have been given to the entire process. You are proof of the old maxim, if you do one thing well, your (and our) world will get a little bigger! :-)


Other Entries:


Yuri Robbers, Leiden, Netherlands

I already thought xcanex was a rather cool product when it was first shown to me by a friend, and now I am even more enthusiastic. My friend allowed me to borrow her xcanex and experiment with its capabilities. I used it for a few projects that I had been postponing because I dreaded them. With xcanex, however, my dread vanished quickly and was replaced by sheer joy.

For my PhD research I frequently go to the university library to consult books and journals. And while consulting them in the library is fine, it is much easier to have relevant chapters available on my laptop, preferably searchable. With conventional scanners that is problematic to say the least. The good quality ones are not portable, and the small ones that are portable lack in quality, and do not deal well with material that is printed too closely to the edges of the page, like footnotes or page numbers. Neither solution works well with the spine of the book, especially if text is printed close to the spine.

I found that xcanex is a great solution to all these problems. Very portable, and very capable. Because I was stubborn enough not to read the manual, it took me a little while to figure out some of the handier features. Scanning books was easy enough, and the results were surprisingly excellent. My fingers holding down pages were removed from the final image, and the quality of the OCR was generally excellent, actually exceeding my expectations. The scanning speed was rather higher than I expected as well.

Once I had actually given in and took some time for the manual, and the advice of my friend, I found how to have the scanner automatically detect page turns, and how to make the software split a spread of two pages into two separate pages in the resulting pdf. Frankly, now that I know how it works I wonder why I didn't figure it out without the manual: it is, as a matter of fact, rather intuitive.

My first test project was scanning a book chapter that's important for my PhD research. Having it scanned means not having to go to the library all the time, but more importantly, it means being able to search it. The original book does not have an index - a fatal flaw in any scientific book in my opinion - but my scan allows me to search the pdf, courtesy of the excellent OCR I mentioned before. Best is that the software allows displaying the photo of the original page, but with the OCR'ed text invisibly on it. This way one can select and copy/paste as well as search the pdf. The photo of the page looks excellent as well. The software has not just removed my fingers from the image, it has flattened the page as well and gotten rid of shadows that were cast by the ceiling lights and a cable.

For my second test I wanted something different. A hobby of mine - a hobby I take so seriously that it results in me authoring books - frequently requires me to consult rare manuscripts or handwritten books that are generally many centuries old. These books are not even allowed near conventional scanners, because they are too fragile. With xcanex there is no problem: the scanner need not touch the pages: the book just lies on the foldable scanning platform like it would on the table, and I can turn the pages as carefully as the museum guard or librarian requires me to. With the 16th century handwritten text I tried xcanex on, I did not try the OCR: that is meant for printed texts. The resulting pdf is therefore not searchable, but it is a most excellent scan. OF course I would be happy with any scan, but this one is so very clear and readable. Curved pages have been corrected, fingers removed, and the focus, contrast and brightness have all been automatically optimised.

After just a few experiments I'm even more enthusiastic about xcanex than I was when I first heard about it. It's unfortunate that the one I'm using has to be returned to my friend. This product is simply amazing, and I would love to have one myself. It would make my research as well as my hobbies so much easier! I would absolutely love to have one!


Z. Lee, Hong Kong, China

As a graduate student and teaching assistant, I have a lot of materials—fragile documents, magazines, books, journals—to be stored. I imagine that if I can digitalize all the materials, there will be many benefits. It can save space; it can save papers. It will be convenient for me to bring documents around. I can arrange all the materials systematically in my computers and tablet. These benefits drive me to search for a scanner—an advanced, portable and affordable scanner.

What do I mean by “advanced”? I need a scanner that can handle softback books, hardback books, and other materials mentioned above well. If the scanner can capture two pages at a time, it will largely save my time: I have many thick reference books waiting to be stored in computers. Second, I will be very happy if the scanner is accompanied with a good OCR software. It will help saving my time from typing numerous paragraphs of a journal. XCANEX has all these functions. From its website, I notice that the company has issued the update with “auto-curve correction function” that can make scanned documents look flat and more comfortable to read. It’s an incredible merit.

Because I have to travel around very often to conferences and libraries, carrying a portable scanner will lessen my burden. XCANEX looks very light (around 200 gram) and can be clipped on a laptop. Some portable scanners require us to grab them tightly and move over pages to scan the materials; whereas, some giant-size scanners require us to hold and flip over pages, and they will do the rest of the job.

Can a scanner be portable and convenient at the same time? I were not sure and I had thought of settling for a camera with a flexible tripod. Today, however, I change my mind. After reading XCANEX's website and watching demo videos, I am convinced that using the portable scanner can be easy: placing documents on a flat surface, pressing pages lightly, letting XCANEX do the job. XCANEX can even remove the image of fingers with its software.

Being so advanced and portable, the scanner could have been expensive. However, it costs about half of those giant-size scanners do. I can’t wait for the release of the MAC version which is coming soon.

I hope to win a XCANEX in this contest. That will help me scan different materials and facilitate my future study in a PhD program. Thanks a lot! I am very happy to find the information of XCANEX today.


Lo Suet Yee, Dublin, Ireland

I'm an undergrad student and xcanex would be a great help to my study! For the course which I'm doing, Business, Economics and Social Studies, it requires me to do lots of readings and unfortunately, as an undergrad in my college, you can only take out 4 books at a time and we 're not even allowed to take out some postgrad- only books!! Having xcanex would be amazing! Because it would save me time and effort to bring heavy books, document and papers home to scan them.

I have tried scanning books on conventional scanner/ printer, it takes forever to scan just a page and trying to perfect the alignment of the page is very time consuming!! Scanning with traditional scanner also ruined the spine of the book. I've also tried using my phone to take pictures and converting them into PDF, again it takes an entire day to just scan a book or two and without natural lighting, the pages can get very fuzzy and the page alignment is also very difficult to perfect!

However, with the xcanex scanner, I really believe that a difficult task like scanning books or any documents in general can be made very easy!! Because it is a lot faster than manual traditional scanning and it can also auto adjust any bumps and take out 'fingers' on the page!! If I won the incredible scanner, I really believe that it would really save me lots of time which I can be using for studying instead and increase on my productivity and possibly even my grades in general!!!

Thank you for this great opportunity!


Charles Pomaski, Maine, USA

A little while ago I was asked to design a portable hardware package to support high school age "living history" interviewers for our local library and historical society. A portable document and photo scanning system proved to be the only bottle neck. Xcanex Personal ScanStation appears to be the solution for this, and so much more. It would interesting to explore the Xcanex Personal ScanStation's potential for the real time acquisition of perishable data and it's software provisions to provide an easy to use keyword searchable database of each interview.


Colin Ng, Singapore

As a college student, I often have to refer to books, reference materials and academic journals in the library. For materials that I cannot borrow, the usual routine is to snap some pictures using my phone. I choose this option over photocopying or scanning because both of them take too much time. I will need to flip the pages and ensure the spine is pressed down so the words are not obscured. Snapping photos with the phone might be fast, but there are quality issues like shadows and lack of OCR. Now that I know about xcanex, I am excited that I do not have to put up with these drawbacks any longer. With xcanex's OCR engine, I can easily search for the content I want instead of zooming in on photos and making out the words. With a streamline and lightweight design that can be integrated with a laptop, a quick scan is always there when I need it. With a simple operation and 13 second capture-to-capture duration, I no longer ne! ed to dread the idea of scanning many pages of material.

I am also the type of person who likes to scribble or draw thoughts and ideas on scrap pieces of paper. When the scrap papers pile up, I choose and compile them by recopying. This is very inefficient so with xcanex's direct data picking ability, I can scan all of my scrap pieces of paper and digitally select the ones I want without the need to recopy. Hurray!

After years of not being able to find a perfect product for my scanning needs, I am so excited to know that piQx Imaging developed xcanex, which ticks all the boxes of my scanning needs.


Nikolaas van der Ploeg, Singapore

I would like to own a xcanex because...:

Two reasons! Our company is making an app that helps doctors work with digital copies of their patient records (you can check it out at klinify.com). The problem is we need to digitize all the doctor's paper records first! We need to batch scan huge amounts of patient data, and we also want an easy way for nurses to be able to scan in paper records they get from other doctor's offices. Your scanner looks like it'd be especially awesome for that. A patient could walk in with a lab report and all the nurses would have to do to get it into our system would be to set the page down in front of your scanner.

The other reason is more personal. I travel a lot, and while I was working on my linguistics degree in Taiwan I was constantly scanning chapters from my textbooks manually so that I could travel and still read my linguistics texts (without having to carry huge textbooks around). I still have a lot of books in paper form that I'd love to be able to travel with and this scanner seems like it would make the process of getting them onto my tablet a whole lot easier.


Jose Ortega, Philadelphia, USA

It would made my life so easy! I am a choreographer and graphic artist. I travel a lot! Having my documents and books in digital would be the best thing that could happen to me.


Agnes Lesnick, Illinois, USA

I need to lessen the amount of paper documents in my small house. I believe it would also help me organize information for all aspects of my life.


Vicky Cooling, Illinois, USA

My husband and I are contemplating moving from our old farmhouse to a smaller home (now that there is just the two of us it is too big) and I need to make sure and go through our belongings very carefully. This would allow us to take our books on our Kindles or computers and save a LOT of room.


Cindy Li, California, USA

I've been looking for a portable scanner to get all my books, documentations, and most of all my manga in order, as we join the digital ages, everyone is trying to save a little more space, and trying to make things last bit longer. With this Xcanex, it will get all my favorite books last forever, by the time I'm 40, 50, 60... with the click of a finger I can revisit those books anywhere in the world. Saves me time, space, and most of all the forever memories.


Tom Semple, California, USA

I have a number of books I'd like to digitize. Our flatbed scanners are too slow and have stupid software.


Carol Vlasz, Georgia, USA

It would make things a lot easier for me to scan documents I need to file, also it would keep receipts and charges in order. The most important issue is the xcanex would keep my desk top clean and in order.


Daniel Lee, Singapore

It overcomes the problem with flatbed scan-window setup. The scan area setup is vital to have a clean same-sized pages throughout the whole book. Usually the problem arises when scanning the other sides. Also flatbed scanners need to manually rotate the other sides and renaming then do a merge which require extra efforts and software. i routinely need to scan my design sketches for updates and reviews and with xcanex "snap-shooting" becomes a reality of my work flow.


Quoc Pham, California, USA

1. I want to scan court documents which cannot be removed from the folder to be scanned. The documents are bound on the top.

2. Hand held scanner cannot reached into the edges.

3. Finger removal, fixing distortion and curved page. One sided scanning.


JoAnna Meyers, Minnesota, USA

We have a lot of papers that could be scanned then shredded--would help us declutter



Round 3 Winning Entry:

 Greg Bell, USA

This would be perfect for me!

As a graduate student, I'm constantly dealing with massive piles of books that I would just love to scan into my computer and iPad to make my reading easier--and less books to lug home, too.

I need to scan books, magazines, and academic journals. For me, though, the most important part is, as a history student, there are many resources I cannot bring home or cannot easily make copies of. I always hoped to have some portable scanner to bring to the library, since holding the iPad stable and using the built in camera is just not practical. So, if I had XCANEX, it would really just help me out so much in my work that I'd always be a huge XCANEX fan!

Right now, I live an hour an a half away from my school, so library trips are often big endeavors and I am quite limited in what I can bring home (since I take public transportation). There is just a lot I need to reference, so having a scanner would alleviate many of my current issues in handling my resources.

I really appreciate XCANEX's OCR engine, the fact that it can handle a variety of document types and sizes, and finally that it has a light on it. It will really help in libraries where lighting is not always optimal. The OCR engine would save me time retyping in notes form what I scan, and historical sources come in so many sizes and types that I feel XCANEX would be perfectly suited for it.


Bufo Calvin, USA

I recently bought one for myself, but have previously gone through the laborious process of scanning public domain books using a flatbed scanner.

If I win this one, I would donate to the non-profit for which I did that work, so they can continue to preserve and make available to the public works which are out of copyright protection.


Melanie Carver, USA

I scan a lot of newspaper articles for work. Right now, I tend to try and find them online and save as a pdf if I can, rather than take the time to clip each one out, arrange it, and send it through a traditional document scanner feed. But even though finding it online saves the hassle of clipping, it takes a long time! Xcanex could help me save a lot of time and effort!


Sandra Nipperess, Australia

xcanex would help because..as secretary of No. 450 Squadron RAAF Association it is my responsibility to archive all the memorabilia left to the association by our WWII war veterans.

This is a huge task and includes the scanning of hundreds of photographs, which are very often glued to the pages of extremely old photo albums plus war diaries which have very fragile pages due to their age. In some instances successful scanning and photographing is almost impossible.

You can only begin to imagine how difficult this task can become.

Scanning these fragile items with the xcanex Personal ScanStation, would mean less handling and allow me to scan ALL items, including those glued photographs, without the fear of destroying them.

We are a not-for-profit association and our funds are limited. It would be wonderful to have access to equipment which would help us to achieve a more professional and COMPLETE archive of our war history pages.

Thank you for the opportunity to enter your competition.


John Lacroix, USA

xcanex would help because..
I have a number of older books that are out of print/copyright that are very hard or virtually impossible to find. As would be expected, the spines of many of them have deteriorated over time.
I would not like to scan them on a flatbed scanner, as it would be too easy to cause damage to the spines and folios.
I plan to convert these old books to various e-pub formats and make them available to others on the internet.


Lau Ho Cheung Simon, Singapore

This is one of the few scanner which can adjust the images without making the page flattened.

There is often out of focus in the sheet of paper, especially the page from a book. Therefore, it is good to have one without this problem.

a. I scan the important documents, many times 2 and related documents are together such as ID, passport and credit cards, they are so many but related, I want to keep them together and they often with different shapes and sizes. They are my important files and digitize them together I can keep them within my computer and different digital devices.

b. As I mention in a above, in addition to that, I want to save papers, loss of paper is my frequent habit. I don't want to search them page by page, but search with my computer. It may lives easier, must easier.

c. It helps me most is about its capability of scanning without distortion of the image, it can correct it without much effort. I like it because it is from the top down, even no conflict with the paper or the book size. The point here is the object, especially in 3 D object, many scanners can not do it well.


Willy Wihardja, Singapore

xcanex would help because I love to read physical books but have stopped buying them due to easy access to e-books these days.

with xcanex, i can read my favorite novels and also scan them for easy reading out on the go without having to subject the paperback novels to wear-and-tear in my bags.

it'll also be good for my office work for scanning documents quickly and efficiently.


Alwyn Lim, Singapore

xcanex would help because it is a perfect tool to convert my hardcopy reports to softcopy. Further to that, with the help of OCR, I can easily search the documents for keywords that I am looking for.

Problems related to traditional scanner are having scan as image in a large image file, shadows, fingers are shown and image have to be manually crop and adjusted.

I foresee that xcanex could help me improve productivity as and individual and as a whole by introducing such products to my colleagues


Pawel Lazarow, Germany

I would scan rare / old books. I currently own a portable scanner that can scan only separate/single pages.

Having the ability to scan with Xcanex I would be able to scan old books easily and read them on an ebook reader device.

Thank you for the opportunity.


Martin Ackerfors, Sweden

xcanex would help because.. since I work with both comparative literature studies and layout, this may be the thing of my dreams.

I see a future where I won't be bending books to piles of papers, but instead scan gently in a way that matches my love for literature (with a better result, as well). I see a future where my sketches as well as my (analog papery) sources of inspiration will be easily available in an instant, ready for processing and development. I see a future where I won't be tearing my hair over such and distressing activity as scanning books and magazines with a regular scanner (more so, since my scanner-printer combination had to be placed in a closet for obvious space related reasons).


F. Mansveld, Netherlands

I'm completing the research master History at the University of Amsterdam and thus have to do quite some research in archives. It would be great if I were able to scan ancient texts and 19th century books on location. Thus I could read the texts at home and do not have to travel back and forth to the archives.



Round 2 Winning Entry:

Week 2 Winner   Olle Linge, Taiwan

I have used a number of scanners over the years, but ever since I left my home in Sweden six years ago and moved to Taiwan to learn Chinese I have been relying on libraries and copy shops. This works, but only up to a point. I spend most of my time either teaching, studying, researching and writing about languages, all of which are document-heavy activities. Considering that my eyesight is about 40% of normal (incorrectable), scanning and digitising text is essential for me, (especially when combined with text-to-speech software). Being able to scan text smoothly and effortlessly would be a hitherto unknown joy.


In my situation, having a powerful, portable scanner like the XCanex Personal ScanStation would save a lot of time and tears, allowing me to focus on the things that really matter. I use my laptop a lot, so the portability and quick setup are key features for me, allowing me to digitise documents wherever I am. The built-in OCR also makes these documents searchable, which is excellent both when studying and doing research. I am sure I read this in some handout... Where is that citation again... No need to look further, just search through the already scanned material! This would be next to impossible with ordinary scanners. The automatic detection of new pages to scan should make this process a joy rather than a frustrating and time-consuming hassle. Of course, the fact that the built-in OCR can handle many languages is not just a minor plus, it is a major advantage.


Another area where many other scanners fall short, but where the XCanex Personal ScanStation stands tall is scanning of books. I spend a fair amount of time in the university library and even though I wish all books were scanned and digitised already, this is not the case. Perhaps they will be soon if scanners become this easy to use! I need to scan relevant passages in journals, textbooks and handbooks. Other scanners can usually handle journals, but often fail when it comes to larger books, resulting in bad scans or damaged books. With the XCanex Personal ScanStation, I could read books and scan relevant pages immediately without even having to move the book! This will be crucial when researching my thesis, too (I finally ended up in the master's degree program for teaching Chinese as a second language at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei).


It is obvious that scanning technology has taken a huge leap forward while I was looking the other way, swearing over technology's failure to serve mankind properly in her quest for knowledge. I wish the XCanex Personal ScanStation was available ten years ago, it would have saved me many, many hours and a bucket of tears. Having it available now would be great, it would allow men to build a digital database for learning and teaching languages, it would make my upcoming thesis research so much easier. It would no longer matters that some sources are only available in print, because I could easily digitize them myself.


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Franklin Baer, USA

Professionally I'm an international health consultant frequently working in Africa to help develop (and often rebuild) health systems. My work frequently puts me in situations where scanning documents and books would be quite useful. However, generally the only option is to use the scanning function of a desktop printer. That works (albeit slowly) for documents that can be laid flat. However, that approach is completely unsatisfactory for scanning bound documents. I am very intrigued, therefore, with the capabilities of the xcanex Personal ScanStation which not only looks to be extremely portable, and to provide high quality and rapid scans, but also can be used for copying bound materials. Is there anything that this little beauty can't do? I can't wait to get back home to the United States from my current trip to DR Congo (in about three weeks) to get my hands on a xcanex Personal ScanStation. Thanks for being so innovative!


Serdar Goncu, Turkey

We collect lots of documents like exam samples and other lecture document for our department archive. They occupy lots of shelfs. With the xcanex, we can archive our document in digital media.
Also with using xcanex, we dont need to remove staples for scan procedure, this is awesome.
We need this scanner. Thanks for these invention.


Darren Quek, Singapore

  1. xcanex would help because it is able to showcase and demostrate through a live demo my method and a step by step procedure/method of how I would approach doing a practical exercise. After which I can capture every step along the way, place the image files in the cloud for easy distribution to the whole lecture theater of students.
  2. The great thing about xcanex as a visualiser is that it is portable easy to set up with a USB cable to connect to the PC. I have used visualisers for many years and most of the time the visualiser is tied to a location specific lecture theater for use. With xcanex, it does not need to be location specific and can be easily setup in the classroom or a lecture theater as large a 1000 seater auditorium.
  3. As a visiualiser, it is great and an added BONUS is that it can capture the steps in the process of going through a particular practical. Hence, its not only great for presentation but for scanning and documenting information. As a teacher, I know this will be an invaluable teaching aid and that it will enhance my teaching effectiveness.


Linda Teng, Singapore

xcanex would help because I often buy magazines and wish to keep it. However over time these magazines take up a lot of space and I am unable to buy anymore magazines. Xcanex would enable to digitize the pages that I would like to keep and would enable me to save the space from keeping hard copies of the magazines. With the fast image capturing features, xcanex would enable me quickly capture at ease without using normal scanning feeder which would get jammed or miss a page.


Juraj Holos, Slovakia

xcanex would help because of my research needs. I`m working on scanning old Slovak schoolbooks of mathematics and this work really demands portable scanner. xcanex looks like great instrument for this task.


Misti Mohammad Ali, Singapore

It is easy to carry along whenever i go on site. Scan the image and edit..waa laa. Its a great product.


Sherlyn Wong, Singapore

I can scan neat and professional looking copies of documents from arch files without removing them
from the file to my customers and suppliers. Having to remove them
from time to time damages the documents and also often risks of misplacing them.

Currently, I am using Brother printer for scanning but it's a hassle as to put it into autofeeder, I have to remove the staplers and risk getting the document jammed In the feeder.

Also at times when I prepare slides for presentation, I could shorten the time taken to prepare the slides if I can scan the content directly to use then to type all over and spend a lot time cropping lousy scanned images.


Victorino Floro, Philippines

xcanex would help because I can digitized school books for students.
needing books out of print and no copies in the libraries.


Po Hai Chew, Singapore

It will help me to archive all the magazine I bought for years to digital copies for keeping and future reference.


Christopher Victor, USA

I actually already own a xcanex and have used it with great results n I love it! I am a PhD history student, the xcanex allows me to scan huge amounts of images in s short time, so I can spend less time at the archives while still capturing all the material that I need. I'm registering for this context to donate the xcanex to my history department as I think the other students would benefit greatly from its availability.


Leong Lu Yuan, Singapore

I need to scan book extracts quickly and painlessly.


Sam Lee, Singapore

I find the product is great but no enough cash to buy one.


Stephanie Koh, United Kingdom

I would like to own a xcanex because it'd be very useful for scanning legal documents and books! There's a gap in the market between large professional scanners (including flatbeds) and portable scanners which are either mainly for sheets of paper or business cards, or the wand type which can be difficult to use. I think xcanex fills a particular void and will be vastly useful!


Kpoonatua Bagbi, Nigeria

It is the latest scan technology in the market to convert hard copy of book to e-copy easily, just at the flash of the xcanex. The device is portable and its unique operation mode for BCO, sheet, book and video recording to enable every user effectively do scanning with ease when compare to the conventional scanner. 



Round 1 Winning Entry:


Week 1 Winner  Marjolein Hoekstra, Netherlands

I want to tell you about an invention that I came across while comparing affordable, portable scanner solutions. The vendor of one of these, PiqxImaging, now happens to be running a Facebook contest that lets you win their flagship product, the XCanex Personal Scanstation. This is my submission to that contest.

On my journey to find the ideal portable scanning solution, I've looked at a whole range of wand scanners, pen scanners, and even considered constructing my own DIY cradle scanner. In this comparison the XCanex Personal ScanStation - apart from being affordable - quickly stood out because of a number of smart features: for starters, the light-weight unit mounts to your laptop in seconds and magically makes a scan the very moment it detects that a new page is ready. All of a sudden scanning takes mere seconds instead of minutes per page. 

Of course the XCanex corrects and cleans up any distortion thinkable - even removes images of fingers - in the output. Then, the built-in OCR engine provided by ABBYY is multi-lingual - very appealing for someone like me who works with texts in different languages. The XCanex software stores documents straight in your Dropbox account if you want it to.

Most scanner solutions I tried before typically would require a lot of preparation time and didn't perform so well with thicker books. Even worse, they'd create inconsistent output or needed extensive manual clean-up. In the XCanex, all of these quality aspects of the scanning process have been optimized. To me that means I need to spend less time and effort on the whole process and can start using the output as soon as possible and in the way I intended to.

Lastly, but quite crucial: the XCanex vendor fully understands the importance of customer satisfaction. Their dedication shines through in the website, the detailed FAQ pages, the courteous world-wide shipping offer, the videos, but also in the very satisfactory personal correspondence I've had with them over the past year. 

Whether I will win this contest or not, I sincerely wish the piQx Imaging team all the best with their compelling product proposition!



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Kanni Chan
, Singapore

Being a working mum, this tiny scanner will be useful to capture my daughters' details e.g. passport, vaccination records and save a neat pdf version in the cloud for my future reference. It is easy to keep and occupy virtually no space since i can hang it up. 



Wilson Yang Abraham, China

I am a bookworm all my life, I have collected more than 15000 books(including 3000 comic books) in the last 18 years.

Most of the books are now out of print and I have a deadline to either digitalise them or give them away as my young family is now growing. 

I tried to find an affordable and non-destructive way to digitalise them, but could not find any.

Most digitalisation tools/agencies either/both:
1. destructive, I have to cut the books.
2. very slow and tedious to scan a book especially for bookworm like me. 
3. required an arm or a leg to just get the gears,
4. have to ship books away and never see them again.

By just watching the videos, It seems that Xcanex scan quickly and non-destructive to the books and most importantly, it is affordable.

With that said, it is sad to see Xcanex is not available in China. 

If I win the Xcanex, I would first scan one of my books and see if it meets my expectation, if so, I will then recommend it to my fellow bookworms.


Lee Chin Chong Gary, Singapore

Very cool device....... and very professional to show your clients

how to scan at the speed of thoughts! Many did not really realise that the scanning is completed in this manner!


Round 2 Winner announced 7th March 2014
Round 3 Winner announced 21st March 2014
Round 4 Winner announced 4th April 2014
Round 5 Winner announced 18th April 2014